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My chiropractor just gave me an awesome workout for ab muscles that I'd never have thought to try: she told me to set the treadmill to about a 15% incline, get on it facing "the wrong way" (ie, not towards the control panel), and start it moving at a slow speed, increasing gradually, and walk uphill BACKWARDS. This works abs and front-of-body stability muscles. It is SO FUN and really amusing to do while everyone else is using their treadmills the conventional way!

- Submitted by PUFFPASTRY 2/11/2011 in Exercise | 42 Comments
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IRONBLOSSOM 7/26/2012 12:48:00 PM

    Hah, I would never have thought to do this on a treadmill, for some reason I'm more afraid of falling there despite the handrails! (If they extend that far, depends on hte machine) But I love doing this on hills, especially when I get to that point of "I can't take another step!" Turn around, "look how far I've come, take a few steps, I'm still going!"
PYNETREE 7/26/2012 8:15:00 AM

    This sounds great - for those that feel confidant doing it. If you don't have good balance or stability on the Treadmill, don't try this

But thanks for sharing this. It is a great tip! And might break up the boredom of plodding away on the Dreadmill for long mind-numbing stretches. emoticon
EGGBASKET1 2/11/2011 6:41:00 PM

    THIS IS A GREAT IDEA !!! I GO TO ANYTIME FITNESS DAILY AND WALK ON THE TREADMILL 60 MIN EACH DAY. THIS WILL BE A GREAT WAY TO SHAKE UP MY ROUTINE !!! THANKS FOR SHARING !
KADUFRESNE 3/14/2013 9:36:00 AM

    Sounds interesting. I may just give it a try. Thanks for the idea.
POPEYETHETURTLE 2/25/2013 12:31:00 AM

    On more than one occasion, my treadmill has nearly bored me to death.

I meet with a trainer once a month to set up a monthly round of exercises, and I will be asking about this backward and sidewards use of the treadmill.

Sounds terrific and if my trainer is good with it, I'll go with it.
SUPERTAM 2/11/2013 1:27:00 AM

    I walk backwards on the treadmill at 15% incline all the time & didn't even realize its working my abs!! I thought it only works the back & front of my thighs! Thanks!! That info was very helpful to me!! emoticon
NAOLEE 8/1/2012 1:47:00 PM

    I can't do exercises; but thanks GOD your Dr gave you a emoticon great idea for you to make an exercise. emoticon
AGAMBLE76 7/31/2012 1:01:00 PM

    emoticon I might have to give it a try.
LEANMEAN2 7/27/2012 2:07:00 PM

    Thanks for sharing
PATTISTAMPS 7/27/2012 12:21:00 PM

    how clever! I will give this a try! TFS!
JPEARL127 7/27/2012 12:20:00 PM

    I have heard of this and seen others doing it, but I was afraid I'd fall down. Thanks for the information on incline and speed--I will try that, as I have trouble building my quads back up after knee replacement.
MRSTAZMAYO 7/27/2012 5:44:00 AM

    I'm nervous walking forward on a treadmill, but next time I'm near one, you bet I'll try this!
HIGHNOON 7/26/2012 6:56:00 PM

    Great idea to try. emoticon emoticon
MCFITZ2 7/26/2012 5:08:00 PM

    I have seen several at the fitness center doing this as well as sideways .
HEALTHYSLIM2 7/26/2012 3:31:00 PM

    what a great idea!! anything to work my abs!! emoticon
ILOVEJIM851991 7/26/2012 3:20:00 PM

    good idea
ILOVEJIM851991 7/26/2012 3:08:00 PM

    I think I'll try it too
LOGOULD 7/26/2012 1:46:00 PM

    Gonna have to give this a try someday.
LYNETTEMOM 7/26/2012 1:36:00 PM

    very intersting idea but I am a bit hesitant due to balance issues. Will try to incorporate some backwards walking tho
JUSTJENNN 7/26/2012 1:26:00 PM

    going to give this a try, thanks!!
TERID816 7/26/2012 12:49:00 PM

    I don't have a treadmill, but some of my hill workouts on my stationary bicycle calls for intervals of reverse pedaling... I wonder if it's the same concept.
MAZACK 7/26/2012 11:32:00 AM

    Thanks, I would never have thought this would be a safe thing to do and would never have thought what muscles it would effect.
GOALMOTO 7/26/2012 10:32:00 AM

    what a great ida to try
WALKSINLIGHT 7/26/2012 10:11:00 AM

    What a great tip - always good to get a tip passed on from a chiropractor. Thanks for sharing ! emoticon
PABYRD2 7/26/2012 9:49:00 AM

    Great idea! I am going to try this!
DEARTOMYHEART 7/26/2012 9:32:00 AM

    What a geat idea!! Love this idea and will give a try. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon
HYATTI1 7/26/2012 9:02:00 AM

    Sounds like a fun challenge...thanks for sharing.

Joanna
FITWITHIN 7/26/2012 8:45:00 AM

    I do this all the time as part of my treadmill workout. Not only do you feel it in your abs, but in your quads, glutes, and calves.
PHILLIPS54 7/26/2012 8:35:00 AM

    I'll try it, thanks
CHRISTOPHER280 7/26/2012 8:22:00 AM

    Interesting, will give this a try very soon!!!
SUCCESS68 7/26/2012 8:22:00 AM

    Like!!
TORAMPAUL 7/26/2012 8:20:00 AM

    I'm going to try this today!
MISSMARY3 7/26/2012 7:57:00 AM

    A trainer I once worked with suggested that as well. Great job!
INGMARIE 7/26/2012 7:46:00 AM

    emoticon great idea. thanks for sharing emoticon
CAROL6X 7/26/2012 7:44:00 AM

    Great!! Something new to try-never thought of backwards. emoticon emoticon
BELOVED75 7/26/2012 7:43:00 AM

    Thank you for sharing I may try emoticon
JONNIECAROL 7/26/2012 7:25:00 AM

    I had been thinking of doing something like this - walk at regular incline anyway - for quite a while, but figured I'd end up on the floor! Guess I'm going to have to give it a try, especially since I really need help in all those areas!!! Thanks!!!
GARDENSFORLIFE 7/26/2012 7:24:00 AM

    emoticon
Thanks for sharing!
HANDYV 7/26/2012 7:19:00 AM

    I have enough trouble facing the right way - I better stick with the usual or I may end up on my face. emoticon
CHEFMOM1199 7/26/2012 7:16:00 AM

    Great idea!
OFGREENGABLES 7/26/2012 6:21:00 AM

    hilarious and a good tip
BIKERMAN 2/11/2011 2:50:00 PM

    Great idea. I think i'll give it a try.

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