Treadmill Makeover: 3 New Workouts to Get Toned!Posted on Jan 18th 2010 12:00PM by Holly St. Lifer
Filed Under: Fitness
Does just thinking about your treadmill session make you yawn? If it does, that means your muscles are just as bored, and as a result you're destined to plateau. Instead, try these creative alternatives by Southern California personal trainer Jeanette Soloma. Take your leg and butt muscles out of autopilot and work them harder so they tone up faster and burn more fat -- two of these fresh variations promise to tighten up your upper body and torso, too. You'll need a pair of 3 to 8-pound dumbbells and a quarter. Keep both nearby. Do a three minute warm up and cool-down.
Upper Body Blast
Walk or jog at a 5 percent incline for five minutes.
Decrease to a walk at 2.5-3.5 mph, pick up weights and perform each exercise for one minute: tricep extension, bicep curl, shoulder press. Pause treadmill, hop off and do one minute of push-ups.
Repeat two more times.
Jog at a 1 percent incline for six minutes.
Slow to 1.5-3 mph and run or walk backwards for one minute.
Rotate left and do a side shuffle for 1 minute.
Rotate forward to re-balance, then rotate left and side shuffle for one minute.
Repeat two more times, increasing incline by 1 percent with each round.
Heads or Tails Total Body Toner
Jog at 4.5-5 mph for 3 minutes.
Pause treadmill, hop off and flip a quarter.
Do 16 reps of each exercise from appropriate group:
Heads: Push-up, woodchop (holding one dumbbell), row.
Tails: Alternating reverse lunge with bicep curls, squat jumps, alternating side lunge.
Hop back on treadmill and repeat three more times.
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