If you have decided that you need to get in better shape and you are looking for some quality exercise equipment, you can get one of the best treadmills on sale at Fitness Expo Stores. Now after buying the best treadmills, you need to decide what your fitness goals are. Some people mostly want to build up muscle, some primarily want to lose some excess weight, and some want to work on certain problem areas like the abdomen, while others are looking for more endurance and healthier lifestyle in general by exercising using treadmills.
Achieve Your Goals
Both in order to get the right equipment and to make it more likely, you will achieve your goals; you should quantify your goals and write them down. For example, you might write that you want to lose 20 pounds in 60 days, or lose inches from your waist measurement in 90 days.
30-second Sprint Intervals
Whenever I do this workout, the time flies by and I’m soaked in sweat by the end. If you’ve never done any speedwork before, make sure you follow these rules for speed training.
- Set the treadmill at a 1% incline. Start by walking at an easy pace for one minute. Continue warming up with an easy jog for 5 minutes. You should be at a conversational pace. This will get your blood pumping and your muscles warm and ready for a workout.
- Pick up the pace to a hard effort (heavy breathing) for 30 seconds. Recover with 90 seconds of easy jogging.
- Repeat the sprint/recovery intervals 9 more times (18 minutes total).
- Finish with a 4-minute cool-down at an easy pace – easy jog or brisk walk.
Calorie-Blasting Pyramid Workout
This workout combines running and walking intervals and burns a ton of calories. Set the treadmill incline at 1% and start with a 3-minute warm-up of easy jogging or brisk walking. Then do the following intervals:
- 30-second medium-paced running/30-second walk
- 1-minute medium-paced running/1-minute walk
- 2-minute medium-paced running/1-minute walk
- 3-minute medium-paced running/1-minute walk
- 4-minute medium-paced running/1-minute walk
- 3-minute hard running/1-minute walk
- 2-minute hard running/1-minute walk
- 1-minute hard running/1-minute walk
- 30-second hard running/30-second walk
Finish with a 2-minute cool-down of easy jogging or brisk walking.
For building up muscles, the best single piece of equipment is weights. There are also a variety of benches, bars, exercise balls, and machines for use either in conjunction with weights or without to build muscle in specific areas. Weights are either, smaller ones designed for use with one hand called dumbbells, or larger ones in which there is a weight on either end of a bar. These are called barbells, and usually you can put different weights on them depending on your strength level.
Benches are of three types: incline, decline, and flat, and some have racks on them for holding barbells. There are more elaborate benches, such as the preacher bench, with a pad you rest your elbows on so you can focus on your biceps, or the hyperextension bench for working on your glutes, hamstring, and lower back muscles. Bars include dipping bars for your shoulders and chest, and chin up bars for the back and forearms. Balls can be quality instead of a bench, and their movement helps with balance and adds strength to your small stabilization muscles. Machines include the leg press machine that has you push up weights with your legs, and the leg curl machine for your hamstrings.