Personal trainers can help you make the most of your treadmill workouts by explaining what all the programs are designed to achieve.
Intervals: Personal Trainers use Interval programs to give you a short intense burst of exercise followed by a short rest. For example the treadmill will take the speed up to a fast run/sprint for 1-2 minutes and then drop the speed back down to a fast walk/slow jog for 30 secs-1 minute to allow you to recover. The process will then repeat itself. Interval training is good for people who play sports that involve lots of short bursts of energy over a prolonged period such as football, rugby, hockey etc…
Hills: Hill programs are similar to intervals because they give you a intense burst of exercise for a given period of time, but rather than the treadmill belt moving faster the elevation will increase giving you a bigger gradient to run against. Hill programs are good for people who do a lot of outdoor distance running as this program mimics the effect of running up all the hills you would encounter outdoors.
Fat Loss: Fat loss program is designed to get you body working in its optimal “fat burning zone” (65% of you predicted maximum heart rate) this is normally calculated on treadmill by measuring you age, weight and heart rate. So at the beginning when you are setting up the program make sure your personal trainer enters these details correctly or the program may not work properly! Personal trainers use Fat Loss programs for anyone looking to lose a significant amount of weight.
Fitness Test: Personal Trainers use Fitness test programs to measure your level of fitness. The treadmill will keep making the test progressively harder by increasing the speed of the belt, increasing the elevation or both. This is a program that everyone should do every 3-4 months to track their fitness and ensure they are getting fitter.
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