MOVE IN EVERY DIRECTION
“There is so much you can do on the treadmill besides running,” says Anna Kaiser, the creator of AKTread, a varietypacked treadmill workout that’s available in her New York City studios and on her AKT On Demand app (ondemand.studio-akt. com). Try one of Anna’s go-tos: Have a set of 2kg to 4kg dumbbells handy, and warm up by walking at 6kmh on a 4.5 per cent incline for at least two 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 that they’re vertical and your palms face each other) and overhead presses for another two minutes each. Next, lower the pace to 3kmh and put your incline to 0, then alternate between 30 seconds each of skipping, side shuffling, galloping, and jogging backwards, switching sides every 15 seconds as necessary. Use the treadmill’s handles for balance or support if you need it. 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.