Treadmill incline workouts are a great way to help your clients switch up their old routine at the gym. By encouraging different exercises for cardio, you’re helping your client gain strength, mobility, and flexibility all over their body. Explain the benefits of walking up a steep treadmill incline and have them replace their elliptical exercises or treadmill runs!
Treadmill Incline Workouts are Low-Impact
For people who suffer from joint pain, high-impact workouts like running may cause additional stress on joints. Fortunately, joint pain doesn’t have to hold back your fitness clients. Speed walking on a treadmill incline can give your clients all the same benefits of running, but without any of the aches. A treadmill incline targets muscles in calves, thighs, glutes, and back of legs. It’s a full lower body workout without the stress caused by running or jumping.
It’s a Great Cardiovascular Workout
Walking up an inclined treadmill benefits the cardiovascular system. Because your client will be walking upward and forward, they will naturally adjust their posture to open up the lungs. This posture allows for deeper breaths and increased blood flow to the heart. Your clients will be surprised when they’re feeling out of breath after a few minutes of walking up the treadmill incline. It’s a completely unique experience compared to running.
Treadmill Incline Workouts are Customizeable
Another great reason to encourage an incline workout is because it can be easily customized to any client’s fitness level or fitness goals. Modifying the speed, the incline, and the time can greatly affect the intensity of the workout.
For clients trying the inclined treadmill for the first time, they should start at an incline of about 10%. This incline will be enough to help them adjust to the new posture. Walking at about 2.5 miles at a 10% incline for 30 minutes is a great way to warm up before weightlifting.
For intermediate and very fit clients, encourage them to use an incline of 15% or more. This incline targets the back of the legs, the thighs, calves, and glutes and creates long, lean and flexible legs. Clients should feel longer and more flexible after a 30 minute workout at 15% incline.
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