Interval Training Treadmill Ideas

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How to do Interval Training on a Treadmill


interval training treadmill boredomWondering how to do interval training on your treadmill? Need some quick ideas?

Interval Training is a kind of training where you quickly alternate between two (or more) types of exercises.

Usually the exercises vary in intensity – so on a treadmill that means different speeds and inclines.

Interval training on a treadmill is a great way to increase your calorie burn and challenge your body to go to the next level.

Even a lot of the built-in workouts that come on treadmills are a kind of interval training (because they vary your speed and inkling automatically).

But if you’re looking for more ideas to try, here are some to try:


#1 Try Doing the Pyramid Interval

interval training treadmillDoing this would take you about thirty minutes.

Change your running speed at every 1 minute interval. You don’t just have to go back and forth between the 2 same speeds.

You can walk at 2.2 MPH then run at 4.0 MPH then take it town to a fast walk at 3.5 MPH, etc.

If you tend to get bored quickly, this one will definitely keep you challenged.



#2 Hiking Intervals

In this training session, you’ll only be walking at the same speed – but you’ll be changing your incline every minute or two. Interval walking burns major calories – and by constantly changing the incline, your body can’t adapt.

This is actually very similar to what you put your body through when you go for a hike. So it’s a very natural routine for your body.



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#3 Built in Weight Training

This interval training treadmill workout builds in weight training. Get some handweights by the treadmill (5 – 10 pounds – or more if you want).

Then you alternate 2 minutes walking and 1 – 2 minutes doing arm exercises like bicep curls, etc. Whatever challenges you.

This is a great full-body option since you’re working your lower body on the treadmill – then jumping off to work your upper body arms.



#4 Alternate Machines

interval trainint treadmill ideasThis is easier to do if you’re at the gym (and it’s not busy).

But if you have 2 different pieces of cardio equipment at home, it’s possible as well.

This entails doing 2 – 3 minutes on a treadmill, then doing 2 – 3 minutes on a different machine (like a recumbent bike or an elliptical).

This fights exercise boredom and again, doesn’t give your body a chance to adapt.



#5 Treadmill-Squat Intervals

This is one for those who want a lower body cardio and lower body strength-training workout combined. Walk or run on your treadmill for 2 – 3 minutes, then jump off and do several sets of squats and/or lunges.

You can change it up in terms of which squats you do for each interval. This is a great way to keep burning calories post workout as well!

So those are 5 different ideas for interval training on a treadmill. Try these to fight exercise boredom and you’ll be on your way to an incredible body in no time!


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