An Indoor Running Workout You Won’t Hate

As you may know, I’ve been coerced by my om gal pal, Elizabeth, to run a 24-hour adventure relay in New Hampshire next month. While I’m fairly certain I’m going to die and question my sanity for agreeing to participate (om gals can be so persuasive, no?), training for it has been– dare I say– a fun and fulfilling experience.

The following indoor workout has been my go-to routine of choice this summer, when the weather or my knees are being uncooperative.  I can’t take credit for devising this run-like-antelope-indoors, knee-saving, calorie-incinerating routine. It’s a Jack Fultz special.

Hop on the Arc Trainer* at your gym, (I’m beginning to think this piece of cardio equipment is a health club sleeper hit), and press Quick Start. Immediately increase the incline to 5 (the resistance level will automatically set to 15). Maintain a Strides Per Minute cadence of 160, for 10-15 minutes. Next, increase the incline to 6 and the resistance to 25. In turn, amp up your strides to 170. Do this for one minute. Then, return to the previous setting. I try to continue these intervals for 20-30 minutes.

You won’t be able to leisurely read a magazine or gab with your neighbor on the Stairmaster, but you will get a killer workout, on par with logging a substantial number of miles at a good clip, without the impact on your knees or exposure to the elements.

* If given the option of using an Arc with or without moving handle bars, use the one without. You want to simulate running, and as coach Jack would like to remind you, “There are no handle bars in running.”

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