How to Make the Most of Your Treadmill Workout

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It’s mid-January. Your local gym is packed with people you’ve never seen before, attempting to make good on their New Year’s resolutions (maybe you’re one of those people—if so, go you!). A treadmill finally opens up, so you scramble onto the machine, increase the speed to 6mph, and pout your way through a boring, 30-minute run. When you finally step off, perhaps with a foot cramp and tight calves, you wonder if you’ve even made a dent in your holiday weight.

If this scenario sounds all too familiar, you may want to check out The Ultimate Treadmill Workout ($14;, a manifesto on running and treadmill interval training from David Siik, celebrity fitness trainer, and creator and content director of Equinox’s Precision Running program. The L.A.-based guru, whose clients include actresses Naomi Watts and Shay Mitchell, writes, “[Running] is the most natural, effective, and guaranteed way to change your body and your life.”

Besides introducing readers to his interval program, Siik’s book covers a range of running-related topics—read below for a few expert tips:

Proper Arm Technique: “You want to remember, especially on sprints, to drive your arms parallel to your legs, thinking of them both on the same railroad tracks,” Siik writes.

The Right Posture: “It is important to make sure that your torso weight is shifted ever so slightly over and in front of the hips, as opposed to behind…You want to push your body weight instead of pull your body weight.”

Post-Exercise Eating Habits: “An age-old trick for many runners is to consume citrus. Many athletes believe the citric acid hastens the reduction of lactate buildup after the workout.”

Feeling inspired? Read up on Siik’s six-week running revolution and hop on the treadmill. You got this.

Excerpted from The Ultimate Treadmill Workout: Run Right, Hurt Less, and Burn More with Treadmill Interval Training Copyright by David Siik and published by F+W. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.

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