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Which Muscles Do Treadmills Work?

If you use a treadmill frequently, you probably notice that many of your muscles are getting stronger and more toned, but knowing how to use it to strengthen specific muscles can be a great way to keep you on track with your fitness goals.

Below you’ll learn which muscles treadmills work so you can perfect your workouts and start getting even stronger today.

Muscles Used for Walking and Running

You’ve likely seen changes in your body as you’ve used your treadmill. So: what does the treadmill do to your body?

Whether you walk or run on a treadmill, you are exercising your hamstrings, quadriceps, shins, calves, and the gluteus medius and gluteus maximus.

Many people want to know: do treadmills work your abs? The answer is yes. Not only does a treadmill strengthen your abs, but it works your entire core.

When you run, you not only use all of the muscles you use while walking, but you use them with greater intensity, which means increased strength. During a run, you also use the gluteal muscles more than you do when you walk.

If you want to use your gluteal muscles even more, try using a faster step rate.

Using the Incline to Improve Your Workout

When you want to go beyond the basics and give yourself a more intense workout, you can use the incline option on your treadmill.

Which incline uses which muscles? By increasing the upward incline by 9 degrees, you will work your gluteus maximus, quadriceps, and calves harder, even if you are walking.

When you want to make sure all of your muscles stay in balance, it’s a good idea to change up your workouts and using the incline is a great way to do this. If you reduce your speed and increase the incline by 7 to 10 percent and then walk backwards, you’ll strengthen muscles that are overused when you walk or run normally.

In addition, walking backward gives your calves, hamstrings, and feet a better workout. This in turn can improve your posture, make ankle sprains less likely, and make your gait a lot healthier.

With these great tips for using your treadmill to work out specific muscles, you’ll take your fitness to the next level in no time. Now that you have some new motivation, download this month’s promotion and save on fitness equipment.