The elliptical is one of the best ways to burn a high number of calories per hour. It’s also the most misused machine in the gym. Most people come in and do the same workout over and over and expect new results. If you do the same workout over and over, the body becomes efficient at it. Over time, you’ll burn fewer calories and maintain, rather than improve, your cardiovascular fitness. Most ellipticals have built in modes you can select from, typically ranging from fat burn to hill climber. Use these to your advantage and continuously switch it up to get the best results.