Core Workout on the Elliptical

A fast and effective elliptical workout that gets your heart pumping while strengthening your core muscles. 

After reading an article on FitSugar that suggested you can tweak your elliptical workouts to meet certain goals, such as toning your things or working your core, I thought I’d give the elliptical another try. As a lady with scoliosis, I’m always looking to strengthen my core so I took the article’s advice and tried out the hands-free approach.

I built up the resistance for the first 15 minutes and switched it up at little for the second half. I didn’t hold on to the handles and made sure to keep my core tight so that I stay balanced. My feet didn’t go numb (hooray) and by the end of the 30 minutes I felt like I had really worked my core (and booty), all while getting in a good cardio workout. Definitely a sweaty success.

I figured some of you might be interested in giving the hands-free approach a shot so I wrote up the core strength elliptical workout that I did:

Core Strength Elliptical Workout

The best part is that this workout is that it goes by really fast because you’re changing the resistance every minute. Let me know what you think if you give it try!

It’s Wednesday. Not only are we halfway through the work week, but as of last Wednesday, Modern Family is back on… woot woot! I’m already excited for tonight’s episode. Who’s with me on this?

I haven’t done a “just checking in” post in a while so I thought I’d share a little about how things are going for me on the food and exercise front. After traveling the past two weekends, my routine seems off, so this week is about getting back on track. I am focusing on eating all natural, clean foods and trying out some new workouts. It’s been great so far!

protein pancakes

I’m still hooked on protein pancakes so I’ve had them almost every day. The ones pictured above were made with canned pumpkin and topped with a little pumpkin spice trail mix. I’m ready for fall – even if the weather isn’t acting like fall here in VA.

I’ve also been loving my new way of getting in 2 Tablespoons of apple cider vinegar each day — Apple Pie ACV. Get the recipe here. It’s soooo good!

packed items for the day

The photo above features my drinks and snacks packed for work, including the Apple Pie ACV drink (on the left), water, coffee and a few snacks in my Tone It Up lunch box. 🙂

In terms of workouts, I recently tried out a new boot camp class at my gym. I love boot camp workouts and this one was even better than the ones I’m used to because I didn’t have to do exercises outside, on the ground, in the grass/dirt. This was a big plus for me as I’m not a big fan of getting dirty.

So that’s what has been going on as of late. And I do have a new recipe to share soon!! You’ll have to wait for that though. 😉 Have a great day.

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  1. that acv drink is such a good idea! Pining this elliptical workout too! 🙂

  2. I feel the same about ellipticals – they just feel awkward to me most of the times and I don’t feel any ‘burn’ from them. Will have to try this workout next time!

  3. Every time I see the picture with your three drinks like that, I always picture you trying to carry all of those to your car. Haha! Not sure why that’s amusing to me, I guess because I know I would trip and drop a cup or something! Love that elliptical workout! In college I always used the elliptical when I just couldn’t muster up the energy to hop on the treadmill. For some reason I feel like it’s easier to push myself on the elliptical when I don’t feel like I have a ton of energy. I’ll have to try that!

    • I take 3 drinks to work with me too. I use a wine bag that has 6 individual slots in it. It has a grocery store logo on it do I can take it to school. It has made me life easier!

  4. Definitely printing out that elliptical workout, I am on the elliptical a lot so I’m always looking for new workouts to make the time go by faster:) I never use the handles (unless I’m super tired) because I had read, just like on the treadmill, that you don’t burn as many calories when you’re holding on for support and I know not holding on makes me sweat even more!

    Thanks for the new workout!

  5. Never would have thought to use an elliptical for core training – that’s really cool! I get the numb-foot issue on it too…it’s really odd.

    • I’ve heard that the numb or tingling feet is from improperly fitted and/or improper style/support shoes. You may need to go to a higher end shoe store (some place in your area that specializes in workout/fitness types of sneakers) and have a proper fitting done. You may pay more for your shoes than you have in the past, but it’s well worth it in the end. I’ve had several people tell me this as I’m getting the same issue. As soon as I can spare the added expense, I’m going to get properly fitted.

  6. I sometimes wish I had an elliptical instead of a treadmill at home lol it seems like a nice change of things rather than always running

  7. I’m always looking to challenge myself more on the elliptical. I always seem to cop out on that machine but I know it’s totally possible to get in a hard core workout.

  8. The protein pumpkin pancakes look delicious! I can’t wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing.

  9. apple pie drink sounds yummy <3

  10. Love the workout! I depended on the elliptical when I had trouble with my sciatic nerve and haven’t been using it much lately. It has a place though! How many strides per minutes did you go or did you just try and maintain a steady pace throughout?

  11. Totally gonna try that workout out!

  12. my feet go numb on some elliptical machines, too. I always thought maybe my shoes were tied too tight or I am standing oddly on the pedals. Whatever it is, glad to know I’m not the only one! Thanks for the workout!

  13. Hey Brittany – I know you were playing around with the print function on your blog and not sure if you liked it or not. But if you do find something you like, I know I would certainly use the print function on workouts like the one you posted today!

  14. All your food looks delicious! No idea what the deal is with the numb feet on the elliptical. The same thing happens to me. Only thing I’ve found that helps is to keep switching direction. Every five minutes or so I switch from pedaling backwards to forwards–plus that helps me from getting too bored!

  15. I frequently change the resistance on the elliptical to keep it interesting, but not holding on to the handles would be hard I’d think! I’ll have to try that next time…see you today at lunch!

  16. I really wish we still had our elliptical – this is a great workout!

  17. I just tried this workout last night at the gym– I really liked it!! I was sweating it out the whole time, but didn’t feel like I was dying. Thanks!

  18. I am obsessed with the idea of using collards for a wrap, I have to buy collards at the farmers market this weekend!

  19. Your wraps look amazing. Any suggestions on where and how to buy good Tofu’?

    Also I think you should try Yoga. It’s calm and not only stretches your body, but helps train your mind for the week as well.

  20. Hi!
    Looking forward to making my dad these protein pancakes! For him, it’s ALL about protein. I’ve been drinking my braggs cider as well, but just the other day I couldn’t even remember why I was drinking it…what benefits does it have on us again?

  21. I totally agree with you on the elliptical! I just switched my gym membership and my boyfriend and i are now members at the YMCA. They have ellipticals there that allow you to adjust your resistance AND elevation. It’s so darn fun I end up doing it almost every minute anyway! haha

    Just found your blog – love it! I’m trying to make a life change myself. Also, just realized you’re from Richmond. I grew up in VA and my boyfriend is a Richmonder. We’re actually heading up there this weekend to see his family 🙂 Can’t wait to keep following your blog!

  22. Hi. I would like to know do you have the drink in the morning before breakfirst or after ?
    Thank you.

  23. Hello Brittany, can I give my 5 year old son the ACV Drink? He suffers with allergies really really really bad since he was 10 days old. I have tried so many different things that I’ve lost count. Any assistance given will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

  24. clementine says:

    Thank you for the drink recipe, I looooove it !!

  25. You rock on Girlfriend!!!! I started doing a shot of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV)
    (2 tblspns) every day for the last month and changed my diet to almost being a vegan. In one months time, Ive lost 20 pounds!!!! No big effort on my part. I was borderline diabetic. Last week, the doc was astonished on how much my sugar levels have changed. I cant explain it, but, 15 to 20 minutes after doing my shot (2 tblspns) I just feel better, more balanced. that’s the only way that I can explain it. However, after a couple of weeks of doing straight shots of throat started getting raw. So, Im going use your recipe. You keep pushing this product..Far as Im concerned, no vitamins on the shelf can compete with plain ole apple cider vinegar.

  26. mary roy says:

    i been drinking it in grape fruit it was suggested by dr oz

  27. Chris Greenwood says:

    I make the following drink which is delicious, refreshing and thirst quenching and it also burns fat like crazy! It is a variation on southern sweet tea but I have swapped the sugar for honey and added the ACV and lemon.

    8-10 regular tea bags or a tea of your liking
    1/2 or whole lemon diced unpeeled
    1 teaspoon baking soda
    1/4 gallon of boiling water
    3-4 cups of honey depending on sweetness desired
    12-20 ounces of apple cider vinegar(add 12 to start and adjust to taste, ACV takes a bit to get used to)
    1/2 gallon ice cold water
    1 gallon container
    1 large funnel
    1 coffee filter

    Boil the 1/4 gallon of water, remove from heat, let stand for 5 minutes then add the teabags, diced lemon and honey. Stir until the honey is fully dissolved then stir in the baking soda until dissolved and let stand for 20 minutes. Funnel mixture into your gallon container and add the ACV.(I put the coffee filter right in the funnel and wrap it around the outside.) Add your 1/2 gallon of ice cold water, shake it up well and serve with ice.

    • Chris awesome idea with the ACV drink mixture!!!
      How many servings or ounces of this drink is recommended daily for weight loss?

  28. Angie B says:

    Hi Brittany,
    I just wanted to give you a HUGE THANK YOU for posting the Apple Pie ACV Drink recipe! IT IS AMAZING! I have had a goal to drink ACV daily but it as been SOOOOOO HARD for me because it is so hard for me to stand the taste 🙁 it is just so darned Acidic! BUT…… YOUR RECIPE has CHANGED EVERYTHING and has made it so easy to drink it every day now! THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!!! YOU ROCK!

    • here is how i drink ACV.

      Brew your tea (or tea bag) and then add stevia/Splenda…..after it gets a bit cooler add 2-3 tsp of ACV…..drink and enjoy it. Im very addicted to this at nights specially when its cold and chilly.

  29. MaKayla says:

    Hi…I put 2 tbsp ACV and 2 tbsp pure organic honey in a cup of hot water and it is delicious. It tastes like warm apple juice. 🙂

  30. My toes go numb when I work out on my elliptical too! Def makes me wantcto avoid my workout… However it doesn’t seem to happen on the machine at the gym. I’ve been having trouble losing weight for about the past year now. I’m going to be 35 this year and it seems like all of a sudden I can’t lose weight, I have skin issues I’ve never had before, and I’m completely stressed and fatigued… This is frustrating because this is not like me at all. I’m going to try your ACV drink, are their any other suggestions? Thanks

  31. Im a soldier in afghanistan and i want to loose more weight and after reading this i will try the ACV, so wish me luck!!!

  32. Sandra Cardoza says:

    I could kiss you!! I have been trying to gag down a half teaspoon of that God-awful apple cider vinegar (mixed with a cup of water) and the thought of having to do that on a daily basis was frightening! I read your ACV drink recipe and thought “No way!! TWO tablespoons??! Ackk!” I decided to give your recipe a try (with some modifications) and it wasn’t bad at all! I had no apple juice in the house so I mixed it with a half cup of all natural applesauce (no sugar added), a bit of Stevia extract, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and about two tablespoons of spring water. I fully expected to be horrified at the taste and even went into the powder room to gag it down (so as not to make any rude gagging sounds in front of my husband) and I was actually quite pleasantly surprised!! It actually did taste a bit like apple pie! Thanks to you, I’ll be getting my two tablespoons of ACV a day!!

  33. where can i find the recipe for the collard/tofu wrap? it looks delish! thx :>

  34. Can I make the ACV drink the night before or should it be made day of?

  35. Found your site today just purchased braggs vinegar. The odd chance or say dream I just recall with meaning said watch my health intake. I was eating fried chicken and your blog is eatingbird…lol

  36. the collard sandwich looks delicious! gotta try it out, with the acv drink too! thanks for the ideas 🙂

  37. Not to take away from your ACV post and other information, but did you know that Scoliosis can be fixed with the help of a chiropractor? My niece had it and we had never heard of a reasonable and lasting treatment for it, but her family’s chiropractor had some special training in Germany (I believe) on balancing weights and such. She is an athlete and has been playing sports clear through college now. We had another young lady who was due for surgery for her scoliosis because it was so bad. She had been donating her own blood to store for the procedure and had a date set for the surgery. Something came up that interfered with her being able to have to procedure just a couple of days before it was scheduled. Until then, I didn’t know her mom was planning to have surgery done. When surgery was no longer an option because of the unrelated issue, she was very disappointed and discouraged. We told her mom about the chiropractic approach and she tried it. Her daughter is in high school now and standing tall. Please look for a chiropractor in your area to help fix yours. Your quality of life will be measurably better. God bless!

  38. I’m thinking of trying that Apple Pie ACV. I had my first drink with 2 tablespoons ACV but it was just water and honey mixed in. I grimaced every time. Anyway, I don’t have any vanilla stevia, can I use vanilla extract or just skip it all together?

  39. Thanks for the great ideas.I wonder what kind of green is there is the wrap that is used instead of bread. I like what you said about ACV. I started using it with my daily salad (it is the only food I use after a morning of milk+dates+water. What do you think dear.

  40. Oh my goodness, I tripped on your blog during some research on chia seeds. I too have recently become a Tone It Up girl. So excited to see you are too and find your blog. I look forward to seeing what else you have coming our way.

  41. I guess you should try grounding or earthling. Getting dirty with grounding is good.

    definitely I’ll try your acv drink! 🙂

    Have a great day ahead.


  42. I’m just curious why you use two TABLESPOONS of ACV? That seems a bit excessive for only 6oz of water. Even the originators only called for 1-2 teaspoons per 8oz. It’s even on the bottle! I am concerned for your stomach lining and tooth enamel at 2 tablespoons/6oz water daily.

  43. This looks great! I’m running a group coaching program now and asking them to drink ACV … a lot of them are having a hard time with it, so I’m going to direct them this way to check out your recipe!

  44. I found that when I used to get on an elliptical, I would get bored quickly and rarely pushed myself like I could. A friend told me about some killer elliptical workouts on iTunes. They basically have a top-notch trainer taking you through a HIIT routine for the elliptical. It’s great for weight loss and seriously kicks my butt every time, in just 20 minutes:

  45. Jack Limbaugh says:

    I have been taking a 1 ounce jigger every day. hate the taste but it is working wonders on aches and pains and regularity. I recently found grape flavor of your brand in the health store. Do you get the same acv benefits or do you need to drink a little more?

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