Many people are under the impression that the only use for a treadmill is plain, old running. Truthfully, that outlook is wrong! With a little creativity and pizzazz, it’s possible to create entire workouts based on this sole machine--workouts you’re sure to love. So challenge yourself (safely) with these four fantastic non-running treadmill workout tips.
Walking lunges are fantastic for working your glutes. Unfortunately, many of today’s gyms just aren’t long enough to accommodate a good lunge--at least not when repeated.
Instead, do your lunges on a treadmill. If you’re just beginning, keep the treadmill speed low and leave the incline out. Stand with your feet hip width apart and keep your hands clasped at chest level. Next, you’ll step forward with your right leg and lower until your knee is at a 90 degree angle. Bring up your left foot and step forward to repeat the process on your other leg.
This one works inner and outer thighs, tones your calves, and even doubles as cardio. To get this workout going, stand sideways on the treadmill with your knees slightly bent, and adjust the speed to where you are comfortable. Do quick side shuffles, and be sure to land on the balls of your feet. Switch sides as needed to get the most out of this workout.
This little exercise is not for the beginner, but it’s a fantastic way for advanced users to work out the arms and upper body. Because this exercise comes with an increased risk for injury, you should never do it without a spotter by your side.
Walk behind your treadmill and get into plank position with your hands on the sides of the treadmill. Keep the speed nice and low, but when you’re ready, put your hands on the belt and walk them forward. Always make sure you’re keeping your body in line and your back straight.
This one is pretty challenging! Not all treadmill belts move backward, so be sure yours does before you attempt this exercise.
Stop your treadmill and put on the emergency tag first, then you can begin. Stand on the treadmill while gripping both handles, elbows slightly bent. Now all you do is push the treadmill belt back with your feet. The extra friction and resistance results in a stronger workout for your lower body.
No two exercises are created equal, but they should all attempt to achieve one goal: keeping you engaged, motivated, and increasing strength over time. Using a treadmill in new ways can take a boring routine and make it fresh again. Remember to challenge yourself when you find your routine getting stale, but always be careful and remain safe. Need a new treadmill? Contact Push Pedal Pull for information on our latest machines.