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Treadmill Tips: Cross Training With Incline

I have said it before and I will say it again, if you are running on a treadmill you have got to work the incline. For walking, jogging or running you should always bump the incline up to at least level 1.0, because no running surface is ever that perfect or that flat. Plus when you are outdoors you are also dealing with the wind. If you are cross training and using a treadmill the incline can help you target your treadmill workout to suit your main sport. Performance specialist Dr. Emily Cooper gave the ladies at Women's Health magazine this advice:

  • Hiking: Set it to 7 to 10 percent to mimic trail conditions and make your glutes do the brunt of the work.
  • Cycling: Set it to 4 to 6 percent to work your hamstrings and quads, the pedaling muscles.
  • Running: Set it at 1 to 4 percent to target your quads and calves.

I know you all love using the treadmill! Do you work the incline? Tell me how you use the incline setting in the comments section below.


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