What is the meaning of the speed indication on an elliptical? It ranges up to about 9 or 10 at what is a high speed run for me. Is there an approximate conversion to mph?

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    Please specify which model you are using, I am pretty sure there is no standard between manufacturers.
    – Baarn
    Mar 21, 2013 at 8:16

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It would likely be dependent upon your machine but I did find this.

Elliptical machines calculate average speed based on thousands of readings taken throughout your workout. Most machines measure your speed every few seconds and record the information in the elliptical's computer. Average speed is typically available in real time and as a final summary of your elliptical training session. Speed is normally denoted in miles per hour and is carried to one decimal place -- for example, an average speed of 5.2 mph.

Read more: http://www.livestrong.com/article/396841-the-average-speed-on-an-elliptical/#ixzz2OB9id5Is

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