Nordictrack Incline Trainers

Written by Beth Hrusch
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Incline trainers can be used in addition to, or as an alternative to, flat-deck treadmills. Both pieces of equipment work the same muscles, namely the calves, hamstrings, glutes and back. However, the incline trainer will allow for a greater range of motion during the exercise, and the incline is adjustable so that the workout can slowly be intensified.

Why Incline Training Works

When the range of motion is increased, the calories burned during the workout also increase. The muscles are engaged to a greater degree and must work harder to achieve what is asked of them. Burning more calories during a specified time means a more efficient workout. Using an inclined surface allows for the greater muscle resistance that burns more calories with each motion.

Athletes often use incline training to improve their performance. This kind of training drives the knee up using the hip flexor, a muscle that is very important to developing speed. An incline trainer forces the knee into an upward motion from the hip flexor, just like if you are walking up a hill. The leg must take a longer stride to get up the incline using the least amount of energy. This is the motion that develops the leg muscles more efficiently.

Incline trainers burn more calories and strengthen muscles faster than flat treadmills. They can be used as part of a conditioning program that will train all the muscles to work at their peak efficiency. You don't need to be an athlete to appreciate the benefits of better muscle tone and greater energy, but you can use both to improve your life on a daily basis. The incline trainer can get you started.

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