Thursday, December 30, 2010

Possible New Year Resolution, most likely not.

Sorry I haven't blogged in awhile, I prefer to read and write my blogs when I'm alone but recently my hubby and I have vacation time we're using up until Monday when it's time for the kids to go back to school, but I have a few good blogs I'm working on and will try after Monday to get them out.  In the meantime I just couldn't pass up the opportunity to talk about steep incline walking, read further to know what I'm talking about.
While on vacation recently, I was reading a magazine article in Shape Magazine which featured an interview with Brooke Burke and her fitness secrets among other things.  In this article she mentioned besides taking 3 Pilates classes per week, that what helps her get fit is to get on the treadmill and walk at a 3.5 mph, at an incline (get this) of 15.  WHAT? 
This sparked my interest so much that when I got back home I grabbed my hubby by the hand and drove up to the local workout facility where we are members and challenged him to see who could keep up at a 3.5 pace at the steepest incline between the two of us.  Now before I could get my mph hour figured out on the treadmill I chose, I decided to increase the incline to its max. just to make sure it could go up to 15.  The two machines my hubby and I chose did indeed get up to 15 but that was the max highest it could go.  So we started off light, we got our speed up to 3.5, and slowly we increased our incline from 2.0 all the way up for me was about 6.0, and my hubby had to one up me to 7.0.  This was not an easy feat, I felt like I was climbing a mountain.  Afterward on the car ride back home I told my hubby that I didn't think I'd ever get to an incline of 15, which my hubby just looked at me and said "well Brooke Burke has been doing this her whole life, it's not like you could have just gotten on the treadmill and had been able to accomplish the same thing right off the bat" then he went on to say, "don't worry, you'll get there, you just have to take it one little incline at a time and you can get to 15".  So call it my New Year's resolution or whatever, but I plan to work my way up to 15 at 3.5 mph and see if I can really do what Brooke can do.  (I bet she only does it at 5 minutes intervals, it's not like you could work at that incline for very long... hummm...)


  1. Just don't hold on to the top of the treadmill while you do it, you're stealing your workout from yourself. People at my gym do that while looking around with a smug look on their face because they are using a high incline--all the while bear hugging the machine so they get little of the benefit they think they are. Makes me roll my eyes.

  2. I have a Tread Climber and I am impressed with the way it works doing the same thing. I'll probably never look like the person you read about but it is a good workout.