MOVE IN EVERY DIRECTION
“There is so much you can do on the treadmill besides running,” says Anna Kaiser, creator of AKTread, a varietypacked treadmill workout available in her New York City AKTechnique (AKT) studios, and on her AKT On-Demand app, ondemand.studio-akt.com. Try one of Anna’s go-tos: Have a set of 1.5kg to 4kg dumbbells handy, and warm up by walking at 5.6km/h on a 4.5 per cent incline for at least 2 minutes. Then, without changing your pace or incline, grab a dumbbell in each hand and start to sculpt your upper body with hammer curls (hold the weights so they’re vertical and your palms face each other) and overhead presses for another 2 minutes each. Next, lower the pace to 3.2km/h and put your incline at 0, then alternate between 30 seconds each of skipping, side shuffling, galloping, and jogging backward, switching sides every 15 seconds as necessary. If you need to, use the treadmill’s handles for balance or support. When you feel more comfortable, start increasing your speed and the length of your intervals, Anna says. Unlike running forward, these moves work your body on multiple planes of motion, engaging more muscles, she explains.