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Thursday, 13 November 2008

Incline Intervals

In the pursuit of a tight toned butt my new gym buddy suggested I try stairs and hills. After two days on the step machine this morning I jumped on the treadmill with a slow incline walk in mind.

About 3 minutes in it occurred to me that I should ramp up the incline for one minute (so steep that you have to hang on) and then back down for a minute. I think I was at 14.0 on the high and 6.0 on the low at a fairly moderate pace.

20 minutes later my hamstrings and glutes were screaming and I was drenched in sweat although it didn't actually feel like very hard work.

So if you don't feel like pounding away at interval sprints which are tough on your knees and make your jiggly bits ... well jiggle, then maybe try the incline version. It's cardio with muscle building. Two for the price of one!

6 comments:

  1. And what did Mr Polar tell you when you'd finished?

    I bet he was happy!

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  2. Mr Polar has gone into retirement with a flat battery and I have been happy without him. K xx

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  3. I'm a rabid fiend on the incline front.

    I totally believe I burn more calories walking 6.7kph at 15% incline for 30 minutes than I do running at 11kph on 3% for 30 minutes.

    I have no proof, but God damn I'm sure. Hail the mighty incline!

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  4. I tested that out on the dreadmill of death this morning when I got to work.... burned around 150 more calories than a run. WHOOT!

    Also did a run though, still can't get round the mindset!

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  5. Kitty - it seems Sue has the proof

    Sue - 150 calories extra is a brilliant result. I'll be doing inclines more often from now on.

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  6. Hi Katie, Sean O'malley from Cardiocoach uses incline intervals in some of his workouts - along with some normal sprints etc. It's brilliant.

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