Tone up with the treadmill training trend
If you've ever been bored whilst running on a treadmill, the news that treadmills are having a moment may not come as the greatest news. We've all been there, running at the gym, day in, day out. But the good news is that treadmill classes are becoming popular with celebrities and us mere mortals across the UK too - and they're far more exciting than your basic 30 minutes of running alone.
A survey by Sports England revealed that over two million people in the UK run at least once a week - and more of us than ever before are turning to the treadmill for our running sessions. Without variation it's easy to become bored with the treadmill (or with any workout), but by heading for a treadmill workout class, you can tone up and learn to use the equipment in ways you wouldn't normally, for an effective workout.
If you're already into spin, why not give treadmill classes a go this spring? Led by a trainer, you'll be more motivated and push yourself harder than a solo running session and you'ff find indoor running classes being held across London; they'll soon be taking place in other cities across the country too. We've found a few classes you must check out!
Equinox London, Kensington
Contact Equinox for further info
Precision running classes revolve around the Balanced Interval Training Experience (BITE) and focus on speed, incline, duration and recovery. It's a sweaty affair that's taking off in cities around the globe, and now available in London. Ideally suited to runners of all levels, including beginners, this is an intense workout, but unlike HIIT training sessions, it won't leave you feeling totally destroyed! The principles of BITE are pretty traditional, and the session is based around working towards your personal top speed. You'll perform three sets of exercises for set times at 60, 50, 40 and 3 seconds, and at varying gradients, to really challenge yourself, increasing your speed each time. Creator David Siik explains, "The best thing about Precision Running is its unique abililty to transform the way running feels on your body and your mind. It makes you a stronger runner, and makes running extremely exciting in the process!"
Runners of all levels, from beginners to experienced athletes
Project Fit Run
36-38 Cornhill, Bank, East London
Most days - book online here
Project Fit is an independent fitness company offering 'the best workout experience in the world.' Every session is different and running sessions are focused on boosting aerobic capacity and endurance, using HIIT training techniques. You'll benefit from highly-experienced instructors, state-of-the-art equipment and a great soundtrack to motivate you. Whether you're a marathon runner or completely new to treadmill running, you'll enjoy sustained speed work, hill reps and more. There's a maximum of 9 people per class so you'll get plenty of personalised attention for a bespoke fitness experience, and can expect to burn up to 1,000 calories an hour!
Anyone of any fitness level, experienced runners or total fitness beginners.
Central and East London
Most days at a variety of different times - reserve your session online here
Popular with celebrities icluding Jessica Biel and Sandra Bullock, this addictive, fast-paced treadmill class is undeniably tough but gives great results! It's a 60-minute class divided into two parts - a 25-30 minute session of strength training using a range of equipment such as medicine balls and resistance bands, and a 25-30 minute session of interval cardiovascular treadmill routines. Even for serious hardcore runners this is a fitness challenge that will work your body to the max! Because no two classes are ever the same, this 'shocks' the body into helping you lose weight and build muscle. Barry's Bootcamp has been voted 'The Best Celebrity Workout' by Allure magazine, and with its fun, pumping soundtrack and energetic pace, it's easy to see why.
All levels of fitness, from those who are seasoned runners to anyone who has never set foot on a treadmill before.
Orange Theory Fitness
Most days - visit the website for more information
Massively popular state-side, this circuit-style 60-minute workout is designed to push you into 'The Orange Zone', which creates 'excess post-exercise oxygen consumption' (EPOC) - basically it means you'll burn more calories after your workout. The workout is divided into three segments and different every time, so you won't get bored - weight training, rowing and treadmill running, and you'll even get your own heart-rate monitor to check you're working hard! You'll experience an increased metabolic rate for 24 to 36 hours after the workout, burning an average of 500 to 1,000 calories - making this a great option for those trying to lose weight. Other benefits include increased strength, power and muscle endurance
Sessions are equally suitable for beginners and experienced athletes, as you work at a pace that's comfortable to you.
Treadmill classes can be great fun and a way to motivate yourself, compared to training alone. So why not get started and book your first class today - we'd love to hear how you get on!