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Do You Use the Incline?

I'm a huge fan of using the incline on the treadmill. It's a great way to prepare for hiking and running up hills outside. Not only does it work my butt and hamstrings more, but I love the feeling when I lower the incline back down and keep running. It makes me feel so light, fast, and strong.

So I was wondering . . .


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chatnoir chatnoir 9 years
I used to use the treadmill but now I'm walk outside everyday with my dog. I did use the incline though.
rpenner rpenner 9 years
always use the incline. it just doesn't feel right now to :)
idawson idawson 9 years
when i run it is on 0.5-1.5 when i walk i put it up no higher than 8.0. i also use it on the elliptical machine.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I LOVE incline. I didn't think it was that important until I was at the zoo one day and they had, instead of stairs, ramps to climb. I was out of breathe even though it didn't feel like I was getting a work-out at all. Incline changes everything, and yes--I LOVE that wheeee I'm so fast feeling after lowering it!
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I like varying the incline a lot because I live in a very flat area, so when I run outside, I don't get the hillwork I need. I don't just use it when I run either; I like to take power walks on the treadmill and put the incline up to 10 or 11 so I get really out of breath.
AMP AMP 9 years
my incline never goes below 2.0
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
i NEVER have it under the incline 1.0
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
love the incline! great for the booty
mondaymoos mondaymoos 9 years
I hate the treadmill... I'll run outside in all but the worst conditions. On the days where it's just not a good idea, I use in the incline because the flatness causes shin splints for me.
gabiushka gabiushka 9 years
Yes, always, doesnt feel like a workout if you dont use it.
k_izzle k_izzle 9 years
I use it on the elliptical machine.
javsmav javsmav 9 years
I always have it at 1% to mimic running outside, but sometimes I do hill workouts too.
emilie11 emilie11 9 years
Sometimes I'll use it when walking on the treadmill but running is challenging enough for me without going uphill.
superfoxml superfoxml 9 years
i couldnt imagine not using the incline..
Kimpossible Kimpossible 9 years
We do alot of hiking and scrambling in the canyon so the incline is good for building up the leg muscles for endurance in these activities.
toodledoo toodledoo 9 years
I set it at 2 for running and 8-12 for walking. Lately I've been moving it around a lot, though, to try and make treadmill time more interesting.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
I usually just do it on .5-1.5. I read somewhere that you should do that to more mimic running outside so that's what I do. I'm not much of a runner yet so I'm still building up to that stuff!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I usuallt keep it on 5.5 for super fast power walking and then when I finish my 30 minute work-out with my run, I put it down to 3.5 run, and then cool down.
skigurl skigurl 9 years
one day, when i felt like chatting with my mom rather than listening to music, i walked on a high incline for about 20 minutes. then i decided to run without incline for the remaining 10 minutes and i felt like i was flying. i felt fairly confident i was going to run off the treadmill and through the window in front. it really gives you the zip to complete a fast run and feel liberated. and walking at a high speed and high incline is a completely different workout, which allowed me to work up a decent sweat, so i feel it was a good cardio option.
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 9 years
whenever I use the treadmill its always on an incline.
Annabellrose Annabellrose 9 years
I usually have it at 1.5% incline all the time but pump it up to 2 or 2.5% when I want a lil challenge. I think you need to have it on at least 1% to get the same workout as you would if you were running outside.
missyd missyd 9 years
"but I love the feeling when I lower the incline back down and keep running. It makes me feel so light, fast, and strong." EXACTLY! I so know what you mean. I love that feeling too. Work it HARD for a few minutes, then when you go down even a little bit you seem like a super fast feather. LOL Thats my favorite part of the run!!!!!!!
imLissy imLissy 9 years
I have to. I have a manual treadmill and the darn thing's impossible to move if it's not on an incline.
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