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Elliptical trainers discourage some people at first sight, because they don't look familiar. Take your time getting used to it. It won't take long. First, put it on the easiest setting. Use quick start if you have it. Put your feet on the pedals and hold the side rails. You can swing your arms later when you are more comfortable on the machine. It takes only a light pressure to get it going. Shift your weight slightly to your right foot and gently move it forward, foot flat. Let your left foot and pedal go back and just follow the motion.