Raise The Intensity With The Treadmill Incline Feature

Using the incline feature on a treadmill offers several benefits, primarily by increasing the intensity of your workout and engaging additional muscle groups. The StarTrac 8TRX Treadmill features a 20% max incline and is one of the best in the industry. Here are some key benefits of using the incline feature:

  1. Enhanced Calorie Burn: Inclining the treadmill simulates walking or running uphill, which requires more energy. This increased effort results in a higher calorie burn compared to walking or running on a flat surface.

  2. Cardiovascular Challenge: The incline feature adds intensity to your cardiovascular workout. It forces your heart to work harder, improving cardiovascular endurance and conditioning your cardiovascular system more effectively.

  3. Muscle Engagement: Inclining the treadmill targets different muscle groups. The steeper the incline, the more you engage your lower body muscles, including the quadriceps, hamstrings, calves, and glutes. This variation helps prevent muscle imbalances.

  4. Joint Impact Reduction: While it engages muscles more intensely, walking or running on an incline can be gentler on your joints compared to high-impact activities. The incline reduces the impact on your knees and ankles, making it a suitable option for those with joint concerns.

  5. Increased Challenge for Core Muscles: Walking or running uphill requires better stability and balance. This engages your core muscles, including the abdominal and lower back muscles, as your body works to maintain an upright position against the incline.

  6. Variety in Workout Routine: Adding incline to your treadmill workout provides variety, which can be mentally stimulating and help prevent boredom. It allows you to target different muscle groups and challenges your body in new ways.

  7. Simulation of Outdoor Terrain: Inclining the treadmill can simulate the challenges of outdoor terrain, such as hills and slopes. This can be beneficial for those training for outdoor activities like hiking or trail running.

Incorporating the incline feature into your treadmill workout routine can offer a well-rounded and challenging exercise experience, contributing to improved overall fitness and health.  As with any exercise, it’s important to start gradually and listen to your body to avoid overexertion or injury.  Contact Gym Source today to see all of the treadmill options that we have to offer.