The treadmill can be monotonous and boring, but it can also be a really great training tool! I love using my NordicTrac Incline Trainer to train for hill running. Because my run times are usually early in the morning before the sun is up the option of heading to the trail isn’t really the safest, especially in the winter months.
Usually trail and mountain runs are reserved for the weekends when I can get out with friends. I’ve always loved mixing things up on the treadmill to help pass the time and one of the best ways to do that is to play around with the incline.
Incline running is a fantastic way to:
- build strength
- develop power
- gain mental toughness
One thing to keep in mind if you’re going to start doing more incline training on the treadmill is to spend sometime strengthening and stretching your calves and feet. Simple calf raises and foam rolling can go a long way to prevent injury and gain durability for uphill running. Try to incorporate a few sets of calf raises (think 3 sets with 15-20 reps) and rolling several times a week in addition to an incline workout once a week.
Here are seven incline workouts you can try on your next treadmill run:
Get the printable PDF version HERE.
Do you like to run incline workouts on the treadmill?