So…the treadmill isn’t so boring after all

Me gettin’ a sweat going on the hotel treadmill, Thursday 5/17

This week I had to travel to Cleveland for a client workshop, meaning my only option for a workout space was my “lovely” hotel gym. Unfortunately, this hotel’s gym consisted of 1 treadmill, 1 broken elliptical, and a yoga mat…that said, I had to make the best of an unfortunate situation. This got me thinking, I need to have options for effective and engaging treadmill workouts to hold me over in times like these. So, I put together these 3, 20 minute treadmill workouts. Each one burns 200-350 calories – NOT BAD! Hopefully you find these exercises helpful. If you are trying to get more into fitness but don’t have a treadmill at home, then you might want to check out something like this FitnessVerve. What’s not to love about having you own home gym?

Feel free to print, try out for yourself and keep handy when you’re looking to shake up your treadmill routine. Also, don’t forget that a jammin’ 20 minute playlist ALWAYS gives you a boost – Enjoy ūüôā

  1. What Goes Up…Must Come Down (walking) – Walk at a speed of at least 3.0/mph. Start at 0.0 (zero) incline and increase the incline by 1.0 every 1 minute. After 10 minutes (when you reach level 10 incline) lower the incline by 1.0 every minute until you get back to 0.0 (zero).
  2. Walk, Sprint … Repeat (sprinting intervals) – Start by walking at least 3.0 mph and 1.0 incline – NEVER GO BELOW 1.0 INCLINE. After 3 minutes, sprint at least 7.0 mph for 2 minutes. Repeat the walk/sprint cycle 4 times for a 20 minute workout.
  3. Slow and Steady Wins the Race (jogging) – Start by jogging at least 5.0 mph with an incline of 1.0. After 2 minutes, increase your incline to a level that is “challenging” (i.e. makes you breathe heavy, difficult to talk). Keep the incline here for 3 minutes, then take it back down to the starting 1.0 level. For the next minute, increase your speed to a faster jogging pace, at least 6.0. Repeat this 5 minute cycle 4 times.
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Track Workout: Shout out to my former athletes – still got it?

  • Name: Former Athlete Fix by Brit
  • Duration: 45 min – 1 hour
  • Calories Burned: 500-700
  • Focus: Cardiovascular endurance, athletic conditioning, speed, plyometrics
  • Commentary: It’s Spring!¬† So you know what that means, let’s get outside and hit that track – what what!¬† I’ve been hanging and chatting with a lot of my old college bball teammates this week in NYC, which inspired me to put a workout together for all of the former athletes out there.¬† Sometimes, it’s fun to prove that we’ve “still got it.” Even if you’ve never played sports, this workout is a great way to SHOCK your body.¬† So grab a buddy, head to the track and go get it in!¬† Make sure to do the full warm up before you start – don’t want you pulling a hammy.¬† Enjoy ūüôā

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Basic Body Burn

  • Name: Basic Body Burn by Brit
  • Duration: 1 – 1.25 hours
  • Calories Burned:¬†300 – 500
  • Focus:¬†Moderate cardio + total body light resistance training
  • Location:¬†Hotel gym (any gym you want)
  • Commentary:¬†Last week was crazy with work travel, leaving me pretty burnt out and lacking motivation to go to the gym and hit it hard. ¬†So, I made this workout to do in my little hotel gym. ¬†It gave me a low/moderate intensity total body workout that kept me active but didn’t wear me out. ¬† At the end of the day, I felt really proud for not skipping my workout altogether ūüôā ¬†Now, this isn’t a workout you should stick with if you’re really trying to “get it in.”¬† BUT, it’s a good option for those days when you aren’t really feeling it or maybe traveling …enjoy!

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2-Hour Saturday Detox Workout

Me after my 2 hour Saturday detox!

For the past year, I’ve committed my Saturday mornings to detoxing my body and catching up on missed workouts. ¬†My personal detox routine = 1 hour TurboKick class + 1 hour weight lifting class (Barbell, Body Pump, Power Sculpt, etc.) ¬†I like doing my detox in group fitness classes because of the¬†music¬†and positive vibe of working out with other people. ¬†However, you can do your detox routine however you like. ¬†For example, go running outside for an hour and follow it with a 1 hour weights circuit.

Here are the details of my 2-Hour Saturday Detox Workout Regimen:

  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Formula:¬†1 hour of high intensity cardio (breathing heavy) + 1 hour of total body resistance training (lifting weights)
  • Calories Burned:800-1200
  • Location:¬†Preferably¬†a gym or fitness club with Group exercise classes
  • The Facts:¬†The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30 minutes of cardio 3-5 times per week and 30 minutes of muscular strength¬†training¬†2-3 times per week. ¬†Check this, if you do a 2 hour cardio + weights detox routine, you’ve knocked out over 50% of your weekly exercise needs. ¬†So, try the 2 hour detox ¬†and your Saturday’s suddenly¬†get sweeter ūüôā

What’s your “detox workout’ formula?

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