The treadmill is one extremely fundamentally sound machine. It certainly has the easiest learning curve among gym machines and there’s not much you can do wrong. You literally stand on a machine and run in place. While the treadmill is perfect for cardiovascular training and running, some people might wonder if there’s something more. Is there truly a next level for the treadmill?
We believe there is. You can do much more on a treadmill than straight forward running. Please take not that these are highly advanced moves though. Do not attempt them if you are a novice. You must become one with the treadmill in order to execute some of these atypical treadmill exercises.
- Running backwards
Running backwards on a treadmill may look a little silly in the gym, but improving your leg muscles is no joke. Running backwards actually uses different muscles than running forward. Forward running mainly puts pressure on the hamstring and knees while backwards running strengthens your calves, quads and shins. This actually balances out your muscles and increases mobility overall.
You may have also noticed that running backwards is far more difficult than running forwards. This increased difficulty actually helps you burn more calories in a shorter amount of time than straight running. Some estimates even put running backwards as burning five times more calories. You will also strengthen your core and abdominal muscles because you’re forced to stand upright when running backwards.
- Running sideways
If running backwards is a little too extreme at the moment, you can always reduce your rotation by 90 degrees and do some side stepping on your treadmill. Besides being a fun novelty, sideways shuffling works your hips, inner and outer thighs, calves and abs. If it’s too challenging at first, you can hold onto the rails but gradually move away from doing so to improve your posture and form. Switch sides to in order to work your entire body equally.
- Run on the treadmill when it isn’t on
If you’re a fan of saving electricity and intense workouts, this is the perfect way to use your treadmill once in a while. Just turn your treadmill off and start running like usual. The friction caused by having to move the belt with your own power will increase the intensity of your workout ten-folds. Feel free to use the handles in order to generate enough force to move the belt.
- Use the incline feature to simulate a hike
If your treadmill has an incline feature, this would be a great time to use it. Some treadmills also have consoles that have hikes built in. If not, you can gradually increase the incline of your treadmill over time to simulate hiking. You can also bring your hiking gear along with you and play some nature sounds to get the full experience.
- Throw your hands in the air and proceed to not care
Treadmill workouts don’t have to be purely lower body. There are many great ways that you can get your arms involved while using a treadmill. Even just putting your hands above your head can increase your heart rate which in turn burns more calories. It also looks like you’re celebrating your new found mastery of the treadmill.
We hope that these tips can spice up your treadmill usage life a little bit. Want to try out these techniques in the comfort of your own home? Well we sell tons of commercial grade treadmills for wholesale prices!