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Home Treadmill Training: Tips for Maximizing Workouts On Your Incline Treadmill

Home Treadmill Training: Burning More Calories On Your Incline Trainer

UPDATED, January 25, 2022

Many people may turn to treadmill training as a way to try and boost their calorie burn. By using a treadmill––specifically an incline treadmill––you may be able to burn more calories when combined with frequent workouts and adhering to a diet, according to a study (1). 

An Incline Treadmill May Help You To Burn More Calories

With increasing your active level on your treadmill by amping up the incline, you can increase your metabolic rate which, in turn, may help you burn more calories (2, 3). Calorie burn is, however, dependent on many factors, including sex, basal metabolism, ambient temperature, weight, height, proper workout form, etc. The idea is having access to a higher incline range that forces you to work harder during a workout.

There are two NordicTrack incline treadmills for you to choose from, and all of them have an incline range of -6% up to 40%, as well as many other technical features that are the same.

NordicTrack X22i Incline Treadmill

NordicTrack X32i Incline Treadmill

Ways To Utilize An Incline Treadmill To Focus More On Potential Calorie Burn

Unless you are a regular hill runner, you may likely find it difficult to work out at higher incline levels for more than a few minutes at a time, especially if you are maxing out at a 40% incline. To help you utilize your incline treadmill and avoid burning out too quickly, try these training ideas so you can focus more on your potential calorie burn.

Utilize iFIT® Programs

Using the incredible interactive workouts on iFIT will allow you to follow your own trainer- led workouts. Your iFIT trainer will guide you and automatically adjust your incline treadmill to fit their workout––adjusting the speed and incline to help push you to the next level without you having to do anything. With so many iFIT workouts with different trainers and at different levels, you’ll surely find a program that best suits your needs and continue to be challenged while you improve.

Add Dumbbells To Your Workout

Best Dumbbells For Home Gym – NordicTrack Blog

By adding weight training to your workout routine, such as dumbbells to your incline workout, you may increase the opportunity to boost your calorie burn through building some muscle mass (4). Again however, calorie burn depends on numerous factors, including sex, basal metabolism, ambient temperature, weight, height and proper workout form. By combining the incline range with extra resistance from free weights, and of course provided that you use proper technique and other factors align, you have the opportunity to see progress out of your fitness routine.

Push Your Hill Intervals

Many runners dread running intervals, whether for speed-work or for incline training. But, unlike outdoor intervals, hill intervals on your incline treadmill will be better cushioned and reduce the force on your knees (5).

You may also take your hill intervals at a walking pace as you alternate between high incline levels and more moderate ones. 


Don’t sell yourself short with just any machine––take advantage of investing in your fitness with a NordicTrack incline treadmill. By putting in the work with iFIT with NordicTrack’s impressive incline range, your fitness goals may be closer within your reach than you had originally thought!

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