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The treadmill, it’s that piece of equipment many of us dread, yet we find our way back to it, time and time again.
Minutes can feel like hours, as you slog your way through a 45 minute run, watching the clock in the hope it will magically speed up - and it will all be over. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. At our clubs, we want all of your workouts to be fun and effective, so instead of quitting the treadmill altogether, we’ve got some ideas that will help to make your workouts more exciting, as you maximize your training. Whether you’re training for a marathon, recovering from a strength training session, or just working on your endurance, these techniques show why the trusty treadmill is a staple piece of equipment that should never be overlooked.
If you like to keep your treadmill sessions short and sweet, the best way to power through your workouts is by incorporating sprint intervals.
Not only do high-intensity intervals help to build endurance and burn more calories, in as little as twenty minutes it will all be over, and you’ll be free to spend the rest of your gym session chilling out in one of our luxurious spa areas.
To give it a go, after a five minute warm up, sprint as hard and fast as you can for around 20 to 30 seconds, then jog or walk for approximately one minute before repeating the process 15 times.
You'll become a faster, stronger runner, while your metabolism increases.
If you’re already getting your share of high-intensity training in one of our classes, you can play around with your treadmill sessions by working out at a low intensity steady state.
A low endurance workout helps to build strength and endurance, while giving your body time to recover from more strenuous exercises. Plus, because this involves training at a lower intensity, it means more oxygen is available for your body to use in order to break down fat.
So, crank up the incline, pop on your favorite playlist and walk at a comfortable speed for around one hour - your thighs, calves and glutes will thank you for it.
Incorporating exercises like jump squats, walking lunges and side shuffles into your regular treadmill session will help to strengthen your entire body, while targeting your legs and glutes.
First, make sure your treadmill is set to a comfortable speed, then alternate between jogging and 30 second rounds of your chosen move.
Go for sets of three, adding more exercises into your circuit as you progress.
It might be tough, but you won’t get bored!
If you really want to add a new dimension to your treadmill workouts, give one of our curve machines a try.
Requiring zero electricity, your body acts as the motor - just start running and you’ll find yourself burning up to 30% more calories than you would by doing the same workout on a regular treadmill.
Forcing the user to utilise more muscles, the Curve pushes your body to its limit, as you navigate the innovative curved running surface and heavy duty slat belt.