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Take Your Lunges For a Treadmill Walk

Lately, I have been pressed for time and have been searching for ways to combine strength training and cardio equipment. Trainer Jackie Warner, of Bravo TV's Workout, shared this tip with Prevention, and after trying it last night, I am going to share it with you. Add lunges to your treadmill walking workout. Not just any old lunges. Nope. Lunges with the incline set to 15 percent. To make this action doable, you must slow the belt down and decrease the treadmill speed to two and a half or three miles per hour.

You can incorporate this move into your walking workout like this: after warming up, alternate two minutes of walking lunges, holding onto the handles if you need to, with two minutes of power-walking at a one percent grade followed by two minutes of recovery walking at an easy pace.

Not only does this get your heart rate going, but this move will also tone your glutes and thighs. Try it and tell me what you think.

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snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
*oh, and when I max out the incline I walk at 3.5 mph.
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 8 years
I am totally going to try this! I have given up running (aggravates previous serious running injuries) and am always looking for ways to make myself out of breath on the treadmill. Also, in addition, simply cranking the incline all the way on a treadmill makes me seriously out of breath in 20-30 mins. Adding this to that would be killer!
bubbles8250 bubbles8250 8 years
Tried it today... I was panting after 5 minutes and only going at 2.5 mph. I probably looked ridiculous but it was such a time saver. Great tip!!
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
huh - i never thought about that - but i think that for myself - i'm barely coordinated enough to be on a treadmill running let alone add something into the mix but this sounds like it could be a great addition since you're really working your muscles.
smashedpotatoe13 smashedpotatoe13 8 years
i love jackie's workout tips! I set the treadmill at the highest incline and a really low speed and walk on it backwards. I saw it on Workout once. people look at me funny when i walk backwards on the treadmill but it makes my legs feel so awesome that i cant give it up!
a1stbornunicorn a1stbornunicorn 8 years
haha i agree with you guys.. i saw a girl doing this at the rec a couple of weeks ago and although i think it's a great idea, i don't think i really have the balance to do it without falling off ;p.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
I might do this if there's no one else in the fitness room tomorrow morning, which is often the case. You know, just in case I fall off the treadmill and make a fool out of myself... I did the other day. There may have been no one there, but there is a security camera. Oops.
littlekaren littlekaren 8 years
Did you feel strange doing this? Like people were looking at you funny? I think it's a great idea though. I might work up the nerve to try!
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