3 Surprising Ways To Shred on a Treadmill Beyond Running

Cardio exercise is easiest on a treadmill, but running and walking aren’t always the most exciting or effective ways to work out. Fortunately, there are ways to improve gains on the treadmill with a few exercises.

Continue reading to learn more about ways to shred on the treadmill beyond running or walking. Make your workout more interesting.

Reverse Mountain Climbers

Mountain climbers are great for working out the core, legs, and upper arm muscles when stationary. When you add the constant movement of the treadmill, you’ll have an interesting exercise requiring more focus and balance.

For a reverse mountain climber, you’ll need to get into the mountain climber position with your head pointed away from the treadmill. Your legs will be on the treadmill while it’s set at a slow pace, and you’ll continuously move your legs backward in a cyclic motion as the treadmill pushes your legs toward your chest.

You’ll need to maintain your balance and focus on the movement of your legs as the treadmill moves them. Use this workout to strengthen your glutes, quads, and hamstrings. This is a great way to use the treadmill to exercise more of your body besides your legs, as you’ll use your core and arms to maintain a steady position.

Side Shuffles

Side shuffling is a fun and fast-paced cardio workout that takes coordination and agility. Perform the side shuffle as usual, with the option to alternate sides.

Be mindful of the speed you set the treadmill to avoid tripping or falling off the belt. Start slow and establish a rhythm as you step.  It’s best to put your home treadmill in a safe space in case you trip. Ensure your treadmill has rails on the sides to grab onto for stability and support if you feel tired.

Reverse Jog

Jogging backward will work out different muscles and create a new way to shred on a treadmill beyond running. A reverse jog will involve more of your heels and require moving your feet upward to prevent yourself from stumbling.

Start at a slow pace to give yourself time to adjust to the motion. The brain develops pathways when we perform certain actions, such as running. It will take time to get used to doing the opposite of what we’re used to. Pacing is essential when reverse jogging, and you’ll have an easier time getting more gains when you start slow and gradually speed up.

Treadmills may appear to allow only stationary running and walking, but it’s possible to work out more than just your legs, lungs, and heart on a treadmill. With these exercises, you’re sure to become stronger and work out more muscles!