Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Treadmill Training in 20 Minutes

Is it really possible to get a great workout in just 20 minutes? The answer to that is yes. I've spent 20 minutes swimming and have ended up with an excellent full body workout. But how about 20 minutes on a treadmill? Do you really get much out of running for 20 minutes? Probably not. But if you're like me and your gym puts a 20 minute maximum on the exercises equipment during peak hours, then you've got to get creative and that's where 20 minutes on the treadmill can be GREAT!

The trick to getting the most out of your 20 minutes is to spend at least 15 minutes doing some other type of cardio to get your heart rate beating at a good fat burning pace. You can get on the stationary bike, or the row machine, just make sure you're heart rate is pumping a good bit fast than at it's resting state.

After you've had a good warm up, transition to the treadmill and crank up your pace to your normal distance running pace. This could be at 7mph or even 8mph. Just make sure it is a comfortable pace you can keep up for 20 minutes.

For your cool down, stop the treadmill after 20 minutes and walk while you are cleaning the pool of sweat off the machine. Then after you've cleaned up, walk around the gym and stretch as needed.

20 minutes on the treadmill is not the best workout of your life, but you can make it count by adding a 15 minute warm up on one of the cardio machines that are open. If you've got time, and a suit, try your 15 minute warm-up in the pool!

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