Performing different cardiovascular exercises is great to stay lean and keep your weight in check. It is also a good way to stay fit and healthy but how many of you are doing it wrong. When you are exercising on equipment in the gym you need to make sure you are giving 100% to achieve maximum results right? No half measures and no choosing an easy way to do things because this won't get you the body you desire. Here are some quick tips for you when you are using the Treadmill on how to maximise performance and get the best out of your sessions.
Possibly the most favoured of cardiovascular equipment in the gym is the treadmill as you can either walk or run on this to increase fat loss, weight loss and increase overall fitness. However are you using this piece of equipment in the wrong way and not getting the maximum results out of your sessions?
It was only last night when I was in the gym that I saw someone in front of me on the treadmill who was really going for it. The person had been on the treadmill for around 40 minutes and looked as if they had worked up a good sweat. The incline was maxed out on 15.0 and speed was quite high, around 6.0-6.5 but this fluctuated for the next 10 minutes I was there watching. Quite a remarkable incline and speed don't you think for a walk? The only trouble with this is that the person was holding onto the bars of the treadmill making it not so impressive.
Why Is This Not So Good?
The thing with this is that your body is not working as hard as what you think it is. Believe it or not, while holding on you aren't pushing your body as hard as it can go and this technique should be altered. Try getting the same person to do everything they were doing but walking without holding on and what do you think would happen? Yup, they would more than likely fall off due to not being able to keep up. This kind of workout is counter productive because you think you are working real hard but in reality it is more of a waste of time. Granted, you will still be burning calories but it would be the same as someone performing a bench press but having their spotter lift 90% of the weight. Pointless right, because the person isn't lifting the weight and therefore won't be making the results they would hope for.
Try This Instead..
Instead of holding on for 'dear life' DO NOT hold on at all as this will mean your body is working 100% rather than just 60-70%. By not holding on you won't be able to do as much but don't let this effect you because in the long run you will see better results. I also guarantee you will feel the exercise more because you probably won't be able to do as much as you could do. You will work harder and this means muscle fatigue will set in quicker. Again this is good as it shows you are working harder than you were.
Stop holding onto the treadmill, feel the burn and get the results you want today!!