Overcome the Treadmill Slump
When given the option to run outdoors or on a treadmill, the majority of runners normally choose to feel the earth beneath their feet. Runners tend to associate a treadmill workout with the words tedious, tiresome, and boring. But, we found a few ways to make home treadmill workouts appealing and stimulating. These tricks may actually make you want to choose indoor runs on a treadmill over running outside.
Customize Your Run
To mimic the outdoor terrain indoors, focus on creating hills for your body to run up. Home treadmills give you the unique experience of customizing your workout: making inclines whenever you want and however intense you want, all without relying on any specific route or the conditions outside.
Choose a base speed, then increase the incline slowly every 5 minutes. This allows you to increase endurance and build up power and strength in your legs and heart. The True Fitness Alpine Runner is the perfect treadmill for practicing hills with an incline range of -3% to 30% you can intensify your workout like never before.
Combine Cardio with Strength
By hopping on and off the machine and adding in floor exercises, you give your legs, and attention span, a break from running while still keeping that heart pumping. Run for 10 minutes and then step off the treadmill to complete a set of 10 pushups, 15 crunches, and 10 lunges. Continue switching between 10 minutes of running and these sets for the ultimate cross-training experience.
The equipment experts agree the Assault Air Runner is the perfect treadmill for this type of HIIT workout. The AirRunner is like no other treadmill, burning up to 30% more calories than the average motorized version and built with intense training in mind.
The AirRunner runs on your energy, with zero electrical consumption and a low carbon footprint. You’ll be amazed at what a hardcore workout can come from the power of your own two feet.
The one great thing about being indoors is that you can completely customize your environment. Cold and rainy outside? Run in your warm, dry basement away from the elements. Tired of the same old 5 mile loop? Use the Cybex GO Console on the 770T to create a virtual workout environment, watch live TV, on demand content or music videos.
Especially for distance runners, we know indoor treadmill days aren’t your favorite. Try these tricks to get the most out of your indoor runs and customize your workout to make the treadmill feel a little less dreadful.
Ready to Hit the Deck Running
Check out our diverse selection of treadmills online or talk to an equipment expert in one of our showrooms. While treadmills can all seem the same, there are subtle differences that help you get the most out of your indoor runs.
Already a Believer
Have a treadmill at home already? Research shows that weekly, monthly and yearly routine preventative maintenance checks reduce the need for future repairs and extends the life expectancy of your equipment. Check out our treadmill preventative maintenance checklist here.
Need service on your treadmill? Contact our service department to schedule an appointment at 1-800-GYM-FIX or connect with an equipment expert at your local Gym Source showroom to discuss additional tips to keep your treadmill operating like new.
Looking to Go the Extra Mile
Ready to take your training up a notch? We have compiled a list of the best local personal trainers. Whether you’re looking to move into a more diversified fitness regiment or just need some extra accountability we encourage you to contact your local equipment experts to put you in touch with the perfect trainer or view our ultimate guide to choosing the right personal trainer.
Also, check out our wide selection of treadmills great for home workouts or talk to an equipment expert at your local Gym Source fitness equipment showroom. While treadmills can all seem the same, there are subtle differences that help you get the most out of your indoor runs. Still need help getting started? Know the questions to ask before purchasing fitness equipment.
Please note, workouts suggested on this website are not to be interpreted as treatment plans or substitutes for medical consultation. Before undertaking any exercise program, please consult a physician or healthcare provider for appropriate safety precautions. If at any point during a workout you start to feel dizzy, faint, short of breath, or experience physical discomfort, discontinue your exercise immediately and consult a physician.