(Note that this graphic is fixed from the initial version, which mistakenly listed section B as lasting for 10 minutes instead of 15! Thanks to Molly for finding this!)
Before you think I’ve lost my mind, don’t worry … I still don’t like the “dreadmill.” In fact, my inability to think about anything besides each second passing by slowly while I’m plodding away is exactly the reason I came up with this awesome workout … it makes the time pass so much more quickly because you’re changing things up every few seconds. That change in pace also comes with cardiovascular (and major calorie-burning) benefits, so it’s a win-win! I created this treadmill routine last Wednesday night … I got “home” (hotel) around 8:30, I was already hungry for dinner, it was fairly dark outside (and for some strange reason, I’m comfortable running in new cities if it’s “morning dark” but not if it’s “night dark”), and I really needed to get back to work. BUT, I had (only somewhat intentionally) slept through my workout that morning, and I still wanted a quick, efficient workout. Enter … The Lyons’ Share ABCBC Treadmill Workout!
(Do you like my school theme for those of you that started school this week and might need to resort to the treadmill due to tighter schedules?!?)
You can customize this workout to meet YOUR unique needs – you just need to choose the right speeds for you.
- If you’re a walker, try choosing a “slow” speed around 3.5mph and a “fast” speed around 4.5mph.
- If you’re just getting started with running, this could be a great run/ walk interval workout if your “slow” speed was 4.5mph and your “fast” speed was 5.5-6.0mph.
- If you’re a fast runner, try 10mph (or more!) for your fast speed, and adjust your “slow” speed to be about 2-3mph slower than your “fast” speed.
I’m right in the middle of all of those options, so I chose 6.5mph for my “slow” speed and 8.5mph for my “fast” speed (I used 7.0mph for the 2 minute “medium” and 6.8mph for the 1 minute “medium-slow” speed). This breakdown helped me crank out exactly 5.25 miles in 45 minutes … and I actually had fun on the treadmill!
If you need just one more reason to try this workout, remember that interval training is great for your heart, leads to calorie “after-burn” up to 48 hours later, boosts metabolism, increases your running speed, and helps build lean muscle. Greatist even says that 27 minutes of high-intensity interval training 3 times per week yields the same anaerobic/ aerobic benefits as 60 minutes of steady-state cardio 5 times per week! (I’m still not planning to give up the steady-state, laid-back runs that I love so much! But this is good motivation to include some more intervals in my workout routine).
Enjoy the ABCBC workout (and “pin it” using the button below so you can save it for future use!)
So tell me in the comments … do you prefer working out inside or outside? What’s your favorite form of interval training?