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Treadmill Backwards!



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!

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  • 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!" - by IRONBLOSSOM
  • 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 - by PYNETREE
  • Sounds interesting. I may just give it a try. Thanks for the idea. - by KADUFRESNE
  • 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. - by POPEYETHETURTLE
    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 - by SUPERTAM
    I can't do exercises; but thanks GOD your Dr gave you a emoticon great idea for you to make an exercise. emoticon - by NAOLEE
  • emoticon I might have to give it a try. - by AGAMBLE76
  • Thanks for sharing - by LEANMEAN2
  • how clever! I will give this a try! TFS! - by PATTISTAMPS
  • 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. - by JPEARL127
  • I'm nervous walking forward on a treadmill, but next time I'm near one, you bet I'll try this! - by MRSTAZMAYO
    Great idea to try. emoticon emoticon - by HIGHNOON
  • I have seen several at the fitness center doing this as well as sideways . - by MCFITZ2
  • what a great idea!! anything to work my abs!! emoticon - by HEALTHYSLIM2
  • good idea - by ILOVEJIM851991
  • I think I'll try it too - by ILOVEJIM851991
  • Gonna have to give this a try someday. - by LOGOULD
  • very intersting idea but I am a bit hesitant due to balance issues. Will try to incorporate some backwards walking tho - by LYNETTEMOM
    going to give this a try, thanks!! - by JUSTJENNN
  • TERID816
    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. - by TERID816
  • Thanks, I would never have thought this would be a safe thing to do and would never have thought what muscles it would effect.
    - by MAZACK
  • what a great ida to try
    - by GOALMOTO
  • What a great tip - always good to get a tip passed on from a chiropractor. Thanks for sharing ! emoticon - by WALKSINLIGHT
  • Great idea! I am going to try this! - by PABYRD2
    What a geat idea!! Love this idea and will give a try. Thanks so much for sharing. emoticon - by DEARTOMYHEART
  • Sounds like a fun challenge...thanks for sharing.

    Joanna - by HYATTI1
  • 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. - by FITWITHIN
    I'll try it, thanks - by PHILLIPS54
  • Interesting, will give this a try very soon!!! - by CHRISTOPHER280
  • Like!! - by SUCCESS68
  • I'm going to try this today! - by TORAMPAUL
  • A trainer I once worked with suggested that as well. Great job! - by MISSMARY3
  • emoticon great idea. thanks for sharing emoticon - by INGMARIE
  • Great!! Something new to try-never thought of backwards. emoticon emoticon - by CAROL6X
  • Thank you for sharing I may try emoticon - by BELOVED75
  • 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!!! - by JONNIECAROL
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    Thanks for sharing! - by GARDENSFORLIFE
  • I have enough trouble facing the right way - I better stick with the usual or I may end up on my face. emoticon - by HANDYV
  • Great idea! - by CHEFMOM1199
  • hilarious and a good tip - by OFGREENGABLES
  • Great idea. I think i'll give it a try. - by BIKERMAN

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