The Gazelle Exercise Machine Instructions

Overview

The Gazelle is an at-home exercise machine invented by Tony Little and manufactured by Fitness Quest. Referred to as a “glider,” the Gazelle is promoted as offering a total-body calorie-burning and muscle-toning workout with “virtually zero impact” to the body’s joints. The user can vary the workout by leaning forward or back, releasing the handles or even turning backward. As with any exercise equipment, correct use will minimize the risk of injury.

Basic Glide

Step 1

Step into the unit with your body facing the handles. Carefully place one foot on one pedal while holding onto the back bar to steady yourself, then place your other foot on the other pedal. Move your hands, one at a time, to the front crossbar and place them just inside the glider handles. As you are learning to glide, it is best to hold the crossbar first rather than gripping the glider’s handles.

Step 2

Stand perfectly upright and begin to move your feet—and the pedals—back and forth in small motions.

Step 3

Lengthen the glide as you become more comfortable with the movement, and keep the knees slightly bent. When you are sure of your balance, you can switch your grip grasp the glider handles, moving your arms back and forth with the movement of the pedals. Push and pull slightly with each repetition to tone the arms.

Power Jog

Step 1

Perform the basic glide. When you feel comfortable with your balance, release your hands to your sides into a jogger’s position, with the elbows bent.

Step 2

Keep the knees soft as you continue to glide with the feet, maintain good posture, and engage your abdominal and lower back muscles to keep you balanced.

Step 3

Lengthen your stride as you feel comfortable.

BJ Hurdler’s Sprint

Step 1

Turn around to face the back of the machine, standing on the pedals.

Step 2

Place your hands on the back bar just in front of your hip bones and grip the handles.

Step 3

Perform a basic glide and gradually lengthen your stride as you feel comfortable.

About this Author

Jody Braverman is a health and fitness professional and writer in Seattle. She has been a personal trainer and yoga instructor for almost a decade and is passionate about movement and helping people lead active, healthy lives.