I have a love/hate relationship with the treadmill. I love that I don’t have to worry about my surroundings on the treadmill.Â When running outside I worry about things like dogs who aren’t on a leash, cars, and weirdos who feel the need to honk and yell things at me while I run. The bad thing about the treadmill is that it’s pretty darn easy to get bored. Even with music and/or TV to watch boredom sets in quickly on the treadmill.
In order to avoid that boredom I like to switch my workouts up, varying the speed and incline of the treadmill while I run, and ladder workouts are a great way to do that. This 30 minute ladder workout comes from the blog Kelly Runs for Food.
In a ladder workout, the intensity gradually builds into a peak point in the middle of the workout. Once the peak point is reached,Â the workout intensity is gradually lowered in the reverse order it was started. For example: running 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 800m, 400m, 200m.
One of my favorite things about the treadmill is that it’s easy to control your speed.Â It’s important to note that treadmill running is nowhere near as difficult as road running. To somewhat increase the intensity, try increasing the incline of the treadmill to 2.0 or higher throughout the entire workout.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback on the workout. Or, if you have a workout you’d like featured as part of our “Workout Wednesday” series let me know!