As far as gym equipment goes, it’s an oldy but a goody – but have we really untapped the full potential of the treadmill? Apparently not!
“Most of us just use the treadmill to warm up and cool down before and after a workout or jump on for a solid walk or run,” said Genesis Health + Fitness National Fitness Manager Sam Merza.
“What many people don’t know is that you can actually make the treadmill your entire workout as it’s surprisingly versatile and can be a great option when you don’t have much time to spare to be moving around to different pieces of equipment on the gym floor. It’s also a great winter option to get some running into your workout on the days the weather is not appealing for an outdoor run.
“The biggest piece of general advice for using treadmills is to remember that they will actually ‘turn’ your feet for you on 0% incline. To counter this, ensure you always use them with at least 1% incline so that it better mimics road running.
“Also, your hamstrings are required more while sprinting than when you jog. For balance, make sure you sometimes include sprints in your treadmill time.”
Here is Sam’s 20-minute all-in-one treadmill sweat sesh – give it a whirl next time you’re at the gym: