HIIT Elliptical Workout

This morning, my alarm went off at 5:40 and I was out the door by 6. Not quite as early as I would like, but getting up and there is half the battle, so that’s all that matters!

Once I got to the gym, I surprisingly felt a burst of energy and did 20 minutes of HIIT along with abs. Since all of the treadmills were taken, I made do with the elliptical and this is what my workout looked like:

  • 5 minutes warm-up-Resistance level 6
  • 30 seconds sprint-Resistance level 6
  • 1 minute “jog” (slightly slower than my “sprint” but still higher intensity than my warm-up)-Resistance level 10
  • Repeat 18 times
  • 10 minutes cool-down-Resistance level 6

I know a lot of people think you can’t get a good workout in on the elliptical, but the runner in me says that you can! I also know some people just flat out hate running, so this is a good alternative to the treadmill. Just be sure to mix up your machines from elliptical to cross trainer and even arc trainer. It’s more fun and that way you won’t get yourself into a cardio rut!

I tried really hard to take a non-blurry picture before I started my cool-down, but this is the best I could do.



Breakfast was chocolate peanut butter oatmeal straight from an almost empty peanut butter jar. I’m not embarrassed to say that this jar lasted less than 2 weeks. You can find the recipe for the oats here.

IMG_3825 (1) IMG_5807Currently my favorite peanut butter. If you haven’t tried it, you’re missing out!

Work time! See ya later!


  1. says

    Sometimes I really love to do elliptical HIIT workouts. I always kick up the resistance and if there is an incline I push that up too! I haven’t tried the bee’s knees PB but I really love all of the other PB and Co flavors. I really want to try their spicy one!

    • Claire says

      PB&Co has the BEST flavors! I haven’t tried the spicy one either but I bet it’s good! I am also dying to visit their NYC store. It sounds like heaven!

  2. says

    I’m not a big fan of the bee’s knees variety–but the cinnamon swirl oh my GOODNESS. i die.

    looks like a good workout, I’m trying to hop on treadmill/elliptical for some easy cross training on my active recovery days. this is a good one for me to try out =)

  3. says

    I was just offered a full time job and start this coming Tuesday! I have spent my whole life working out in the mornings and I’m a little nervous about the transition to working out at night. Do you prefer getting up early and getting your workout in before work or do you typically plan your workouts for after? I have no problem getting up in the morning before hand, however, I feel like I might get burnt out after a while. I’m used to the 8 AM workouts, not the 5:30 AM!

    • Claire says

      Congratulations on your new job, Beth! I really prefer getting up early and working out before I go to work. I always feel better and I also look forward to being able to come home, unwind, relax and cook dinner. To avoid the burnt-out feeling, maybe try getting up 2-3 mornings a week to slowly work your way into it. After a few weeks, your body will adjust and it will feel much more natural. Another tip is to plan ahead–I either sleep in my workout clothes, or lay them out ahead of time so it will be that much easier in the morning. Also, lots of coffee! Let me know how it goes if you give the earlier workouts a go! :) Congrats again!!

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