How to do Interval Training on a Treadmill
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
Doing 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.
#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
This 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!