Elliptical machine workouts are great for toning muscles and increasing endurance for men or women. Also know as skiing machines, they provide a good alternative to using a treadmill or jogging outside. Because of its low-impact movements, elliptical training puts less pressure on your knee and other joints. As you glide along a track you are also pulling two rowing handles towards and away from you. These movements give your upper and lower body a conditioning workout simultaneously. Elliptical workout plans are great for not only beginners but experts who want to add variety to their cardio routines. The key to getting a good workout is making sure you challenge yourself to staying above a certain strides per minute and tension level. You should be able to see these setting on the computerized panel.