Treadmill Workouts in Winter: The Plans To Get Fitter & Faster

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The treadmill is the perfect alternative for keeping up with your running training during the dark, cold months of winter. Even though many runners think this training can get pretty boring, it does offer many benefits: for example, it allows you to focus on your running performance and improve your speed.

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The treadmill challenges your body in new ways. Plus, it is easy to adjust the inclines and speeds to create your own standardized hill or interval training workouts. These, in turn, force your body to adapt, which ultimately results in speed and strength gains.

In the following, we will show you different training sessions which are designed to improve your running performance and help you draw closer to your individual goal.

Here’s how:



What to keep in mind when training on the treadmill

Of course, you can’t replace all your runs with treadmill training. You should use the indoor tool as a way to challenge your body in new ways and to add some variety to your running training.
Running on a treadmill, however, differs from running outdoors in several key respects. For example, your legs do not have to push off and propel your body forwards. Instead, the belt rolls away under your feet. This is good for improving stride frequency, but it is different than the sequence of movements usually made when running and works completely different muscle groups. This is why you should continue to do your endurance runs outside. It is the only way to ensure that your body doesn’t forget what it feels like to push off and drive your body forward. Plus, exercising outdoors is a great way to clear your mind and relax after a hectic day. It’s pretty hard to attain the same state of serenity surrounded by all the noise of the gym.

Expert tip:

You can add more variety to your winter training through a mix of interval and speed training on the treadmill and endurance runs outdoors.

Are you interested in training on the treadmill? Find out how with these 7 tips!



Sascha Wingenfeld Sascha, health trainer & active triathlete, has been coaching runners from beginners to professionals for over 10 years. "I love my job and I love running." View all posts by Sascha Wingenfeld »