Are you looking to lose fat fast, using the treadmill?
I started working out on the treadmill a while back, here's how I started.
In 2009, I attended the Pennsylvania College of Technology and studied exercise nutrition and fitness (went to a tech school to study fitness, weird right?).
In one of our fitness classes, we learned about the different modes of cardio and how they affected fat loss.
The gold standard was High Intensity Interval Training (H.I.I.T).
What is H.I.I.T Training?
High Intensity Interval Training is to train really hard for a set amount of time and then rest a little before training hard again.
You do many sets of intervals like this during the workout.
This is proven to be the best way to workout for fat loss.
Benefits of H.I.I.T Training
- Endurance increases
- Targets fat
- Preserves muscle
Being a basketball player I did a ton of sprinting, but I wasn't aware I was performing H.I.I.T training.
The concept wasn't new, just the term.
I had no idea of the benefits either.
When it was time to practice the workouts in our labs I immediately knew why it was the best for fat loss.
The workout was SO INTENSE.
I did a 20-minute workout on the bike and almost passed out.
When I got off the bike it felt like I was floating in the clouds for a minute or so.
There was one problem though, I didn't like the bike.
Something about it is uncomfortable for me, I guess the idea of not working the upper body at the same time is weird.
Thankfully, H.I.I.T training can be applied to any type of machine or cardio workout.
I now almost exclusively use it when cutting fat.
I prefer the treadmill, but if it's a nice day I don't mind running outside.
Check out the video below to see how an H.I.I.T workout is done on the treadmill.
Quick note: Make sure to warm up! Doing treadmill sprints without a proper warm up is an easy way to get an injury.
10 sets of 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off.
So you would do 30 seconds at a speed where you’re sprinting (let's say 12) then rest for 30 seconds at a speed of 2.
Then repeat this 10 times.
This type of training takes a ton of energy so pace yourself to complete all your sets.
Make sure to pick a speed you’re comfortable with and slowly work your way up.
You can also increase the incline on the treadmill to make the workout tougher.
Now go burn some fat!