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While jogging on a treadmill at the gym, I injured my right hip. I’m not sure what I did other than push myself too hard when I was tired, but I ended up with bursitis and sciatica that would last almost 2 years. I tried physical therapy, which only made it worse. Then my doctor injected my right hip with cortisone, which helped alleviate a little of the bursitis pain. However, the sciatica remained a problem.
Once the pain and burning subsided, I returned to the gym only to reinjure my hip and aggravate my sciatica. After this cycle happened several times—waiting again for the burning and pain to go away, returning to the gym, and causing injury, I decided to avoid the treadmill altogether and lift free weights. This was the only way I knew how to build muscle quickly and trim my body fat. But that didn’t work either because my sciatica started up again. I don’t know if you’ve ever experienced sciatica, but it feels like your entire leg from your hip to your ankle is on fire. It’s very uncomfortable. I felt helpless and desperate because I wanted to lose weight quickly. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to exercise, I did, but every time I did I would exacerbate my injury. After much thought and research, I purchased a Precor Elliptical Trainer EFX5.17i for $2,700 from Busy Body for $2,800. (You can find it cheaper on-line now) for home use because of its low impact to the joints, ease of use, 10 year warranty, and overall top-notch quality.
There are four workout programs to choose from, but I started on the manual mode for 15 minutes three times a week for one week. Then I gradually increased my workout by 5 minutes each week, eventually working up to 45 minutes 3-4 times a week. After my Precor workout, I feel invigorated instead of wiped out. After several months, I successfully lost the weight and more importantly, I didn’t injure my hip or aggravate my sciatica. (FYI: Acupuncture was the only thing that stopped my sciatica from burning).
If you want to know how to build muscle quickly and lose weight, then the Precor Elliptical Trainer is for you. Yes, it’s a little expensive but it comes with a 10 year warranty. How many products do you know that come with that kind of warranty?! When you come to think of it, buying a Precor is better than purchasing several cheaper machines. Besides, the Precor is easy to use, a great and effective workout which will yield with quicker results. Honestly, it’s a top-notch machine that you won’t regret purchasing.