Many fitness enthusiasts visit Gym Source with questions about incline training. Intrigued by research they’ve done on the internet (or by the results they’ve seen friends achieve), they ask us for guidance about incline training machines and techniques. One of the questions we get most often, however, is this one: Is incline training bad for my knees?
The answer is a resounding NO! Quite the contrary—incline training is actually beneficial to your knees; for many people, it can be a welcome alternative to treadmill training. Here’s why:
In terms of impact, running downhill—notably when you’re leaning back too far or improperly positioned—puts tremendous stress on your knees. There’s not much you can do (or would want to do) about that when running outdoors in hilly terrain, but treadmill training is different. Even in its neutral position, a treadmill defaults slightly downhill. By adjusting your treadmill or incline trainer to an incline even slightly, you reduce the strain on your knees and the rest of your legs.
For great results at a reduced impact to your knees, the ideal incline setting for walking or running is one to two percent. Be mindful of your own body’s needs—and consult your trainer or your physician—since knee stress increases at higher inclines and faster speeds.
For the best incline training results at home, consider the Freemotion GSX Incline Trainer. This fitness machine allows you to adjust the incline and decline to fit your training goals. It has a belt system that provides for comfortable incline training, along with adjustable cushioning technology to let you mimic the road as much—or as little—as you like. Its specialty motor is designed for maximum durability and minimal noise, and it’s jam-packed with features like Google Maps (for realistic course and terrain mapping) and fitness programs from top trainers (like Jillian Michaels) to keep your workouts fun and effective.
To learn more about the Freemotion GSX Incline Trainer and other incline training technology at Gym Source, visit a showroom near you.