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Treadmill Question?

Discussion in 'Fitness Health and Exercise' started by Sher, 13 October 2010 Social URL.

  1. Sher

    Sher Full Member

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    Hiya,

    I've been going to the gym for about 6/7 weeks now and enjoy using the treadmill. But... is it better to walk/run faster on a low incline OR go slower on a steeper incline? Fat burning wise I mean?

    Thanks :)
     
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    I think it's better to walk slower (but still briskly) on a steep incline if you want to burn fat. It's also better for your joints. I try and do a bit of both in a week.

    Kirsty x
     
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    As a personal trainer, I can say without doubt that the majority of my clients all see better results by using a steep incline.

    (However, this is combined with metabolic weight training exercises and good nutrition so these all play a part)

    Justin
     
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    Thanks Kirsty and Justin, that's brill :) Ok so when you say steep, how steep are we talking? lol I did 6.0 speed on a 5.0 incline, is that enough or am I a right wimp? lol
     
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    What's 'enough' depends on your individual fitness level.

    I've found great results from a 15-30 minute treadmill workout (done after your resistance training).

    Here's an outline of a 6 week treadmill program you can try:

    Week 1: Walk for 15 minutes on a level of speed and incline that challenge you but that you can still manage. As long as you are pushing yourself and are at a speed where you are power walking rather than jogging or running. Perform this 3-5 times in the week (depending on how your legs feel afterwards - if you are very sore then wait a couple of days until you feel that you can do it)

    Week 2: Walk for 20 minutes, at the same incline and speed as week 1.

    Week 3: Walk for 25 minutes, at the same incline and speed as weeks 1 and 2.

    Week 4: Walk for 15 minutes, at the same speed but increase the Incline by one point.

    Week 5: Walk for 20 minutes at the same speed and incline as week 4.

    Week 6: Walk for 25 minutes at the same speed and incline as last week.


    At this point, continue this pattern, or if you really want a challenge try something similar on the Stepper Machine.


    Justin
     
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