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Incline Training - If You Haven't Tried It, You Really Should


Canton-Ave-steepest-in-USI really hope you had the chance to get out and enjoy this weekend's incredible weather after that city-closing winter blast we had on Friday. Not sure why Austin shut down for the day. We were all at the shop and had no trouble navigating the completely dry streets. One Austin Fitness Rentals pro did report seeing a snowflake at some point during the morning commute. Perhaps that was the snowpocalypse that caused all schools, city offices, and seemingly every other bureaucratically controlled organization to shutter for the day.    

Weather silliness aside, as you've seen from previous posts, I am a big fan of changing things up to make sure you continue to challenge your muscles. The oft' quoted phrase attributed to Mr. Einstein applies to those exercise enthusiasts that get fed up with their routines because they're not getting the results they want. "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results". I heard a speaker, Kevin Harrington, this past week put it slightly differently, "If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten." Holds true for just about everything in life and certainly does for your exercise program. Change it up a bit and you'll see far better results than if you do the same old thing day in and day out.  

Even though we didn't get any snow, sleet or ice, it was quite brisk. Not terribly conducive to getting out and running. But there's another way; let's talk incline workouts.  I had a recent customer inquiry from a very intense fitness buff who only wanted a certain piece of equipment that we didn't have in stock at the time she called. I encouraged her to consider one of the FreeMotion i11.9 incline trainers we just started offering. The president of FreeMotion Fitness, Pat McGinnis, was kind enough to provide the following insight on the FreeMotion incline trainers: 

This is an extremely versatile product. It has all the standard features and benefits of a treadmill with some physiological advantages above and beyond steppers and some of the other “Alternative Movement” pieces.  Walking between 18% - 24% between 2mph and 3mph burns up to 6.5 more fat calories per minute than running flat at 6—mph. In addition there is up to 70% more muscle activation in the glutes (all important!), hamstrings, and calves. I have attached a white paper for the details.
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And I've included a link to that white paper as well in case you would like additional information.
If you take a look through that white paper, you'll see that it digs down nicely into the science behind why incline training works so well. If you didn't, I'll provide a little more insight from a trainer with whom you are probably familiar - Jillian Michaels.  

I absolutely believe in incline training. I've seen awesome results with the people I train on TV, and I use it as part of my own workout. That's why I use it with the contestants on TV. Incline training works, and it's fast. And because all you have to do is walk, incline training is virtually zero impact. This means you'll be able to work out longer and see the results faster.

However, if you don't believe me, Pat or Jillian, go ahead and get on out there and try it out for yourself for free. Head out to NW Austin and get yourself up Jester Blvd, turn right on Beauford Dr and down to Lakewood Dr. Turn around and go back to your car at the bottom of Jester. You'll have run, jogged, walked, or crawled 2.6 miles and experienced some of the steepest paved hills in Austin. According to the included elevation profile from MapMyRun, Beauford tops out at just under 20%.  Keep in mind that our incline trainers go to 30%. This allows you to pull a Spinal Tap move and crank it up to the proverbial 11 on the i11.9. Its handy how the model number works out for that description! 

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To learn more about the FreeMotion incline trainers, I'll point you to a great video produced by 24 Hour Fitness

If you've never been on an incline trainer, call the shop today and set up a time to come in and try it out. I'm pretty sure you'll be amazed at how incredible these machines are. 

DrKPMay Feb 9, 2014