If you see me on a piece of cardio equipment you can count on the fact that I either have it at an incline or I'm sprinting. Incline training is often overlooked but it's one of the best things you can do for your booty! Many days during our hiking trips we are racking up 15-25 miles per day so in order to stay in shape for climbing most of my cardio is incline. Instead of logging miles upon miles on the treadmill or road, try climbing a mountain! You will still be torching calories (possibly many more!).
I do different intervals, varying my speed and incline, each time. The one that I created for you here is a beginner incline routine. It's easy to follow and easy to adjust to your fitness level. If this is too difficult simply dial back the speed, if it's too easy raise your incline and/or speed.
Note: Do NOT hold onto the treadmill during your workout. You can do so if you need to step off and take a break but by holding on it you are only cheating yourself. Get the most out of each workout by using proper form.
If you are doing one of our workout plans, you can try this cardio routine to mix things up!
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Beginner Incline Cardio Routine
- WARM UP: 3-5 minutes, easy pace to get your blood flowing
- 1 - 5 minutes
- 3.0 incline
- 3.0 speed
- 6 - 10 minutes
- 4.0 incline
- 3.0 speed
- 11 - 15 minutes
- 5.0 incline
- 3.1 speed
- 16 - 20 minutes
- 6.0 incline
- 3.2 speed
- COOL DOWN: 3-5 minutes, easy pace