Are Treadmill Workout Programs Worth Using?
By Simon Gould
When you buy a treadmill you have a manual to go with it. In the manual there are usually a range of workout programs you can use. You can get them started from the console. They usually have names indicating what they're designed for. This can be calorie burn or hill climb and more.
When you use a treadmill in a gym or health club you nearly always press the quick start button and off you go. You then change the speed and incline to what you want. So are the workout programs you get on home treadmills worth using? What can a workout program do that you can't do yourself?
They give you variety
Treadmills have a reputation for being boring so what better than do a run or workout that you haven't experienced before. Some workout programs on some brands of treadmill allow you to adjust the routine to your own fitness level. So a beginner and experienced runner can use the same program and get a good workout from it.
The fact that you have multiple programs to choose from is more variety. Some brands, by adjusting for your own fitness level, can have hundreds of different combinations. As your fitness level improves you make the routine harder. Once you've got bored of one program or fancy a different challenge it is there for you.
You'll grow out of them
As and if you become more serious at running, maybe you're thinking of running a race or you're looking to run longer distances in a quicker time, you won't need or want to use console workout programs. They're great for beginners who are just getting into the treadmill but a serious runner needs something more.
As you define what you want to get out of running a 2 mile calorie burn might not meet your needs. Or it may be too much for you. Making your own routine is what you'll start to do. Some home treadmills even have a couple of programs available where you can devise your own routine and store it in the treadmill's memory. Some will let you download additional workouts.
Find your own routines online
As you become more proficient at running you may want to get quicker. Then you'll read about speed work that you can do and a treadmill is ideal for these. You'll find different routines you can do online that you follow by changing the treadmill's settings as you run. We have made some speed routines you may enjoy:
If you're training for a race of any popular length you can find routines that will help you train for that distance online. These can usually be attempted by a runner of most abilities and will slowly improve your distance run over the weeks as the schedule goes on. We have made some race distance routines that may help you:
For new runners these workout programs are great. If they encourage people to keep exercising then that's a good thing. They can introduce you to the different ways you can use the treadmill like with using different speeds and inclines. They may help you choose the type of runs you prefer then you can concentrate on getting better at them yourself.
As we said above you will out grow them. You will find your own routines based on the sort of exercise you want to do, based on the races you want to enter, based on the weight you want to lose. We still think they are a good thing and they are worth using. Just only for runners and at a certain time in their "exercising career".