As a treadmill user, there are 2 questions I often receive: ‘How to lose weight?’ and ‘What cardio equipment can help lose weight faster?’
An article written a few weeks ago, How to Lose Weight on the Treadmill, offers an answer to the first question.
In this article you will find out what cardio equipment can help you lose weight faster, based on my experience with Incline Trainers, Treadclimbers and Treadmills.
Cardio equipment brands have been investing lots of resources in testing and developing products that meet a common need: to lose weight. What are the results?
We have advanced Treadmills that support up to 12 mph speed and up to 15% incline, with various weight loss workouts and heart rate based exercises integrated in their consoles.
We have Incline Trainers, a close version of treadmills that support up to 40% incline. The high incline was developed to meet the same need, to lose weight.
And we have Treadclimbers, a cardio equipment built to help you lose weight by combining two movements at the same time: climbing stairs and walking.
How does each machine work?
Treadmills are built to get you in your target heart rate zone by controlling speed and incline. Treadmill workouts like hill intervals or speed intervals are very efficient for this purpose, but results are seen in time. This is because you must first build speed and lung endurance. Then you can concentrate on running complete weight loss workouts.
To make an idea about what time you need, a running program for beginners ‘from couch to 5k’ takes around 9 weeks of training.
Incline Trainers work based on a simple principle: the higher the incline is, the faster you get in your target heart rate zone.
In a few words: you don’t need speed endurance to work out your muscles at an intensity you start burning fat. And you can begin a weight loss program from the first day of training. If you are dedicated to the program, you start seeing results in 2–3 weeks.
A research completed by Dr. Matthew Rhea explains in detail the physiological changes that happen when using incline. His study, completed on a group of 30 year old, confirmed that when walking at 3 mph with 12% incline, the heart rate value is the same with running at 6 mph on flat surface. His research data is available in this Freemotion document on the benefits of Incline training.
The Treadclimber functionality is simple, yet highly efficient because it supports 2 movements at the same time: walking and climbing stairs. If you complete a 3 miles distance workout, 3–4 times a week it is enough to start seeing results from the first 2–3 weeks.
What is the most efficient cardio equipment to lose weight?
On the top of my list are the Incline Trainers. The main reason I choose Incliners is because they support diversified workouts. You can complete weight loss workouts at higher incline and slower speed, from the first weeks of training. And you can also use them to train for long distance runs.
The second on my list is the Treadclimber. It has a basic workouts selection, but it offers fast results if you want to start a weight loss program.
The third option is the treadmill, mainly because speed and lung endurance must be built in time. And not everyone has this time at hand.
What brands should you consider?
For Incline Trainers, I recommend Nordictrack, and especially Nordictrack X7i Incline Trainer.
Treadclimbers are sold only by Bowflex. Your choice depends on the budget you have. I would recommend the Bowflex TC 5000.
For treadmills, Livestrong has affordable products. I especially like that they offer up to 14% incline for the latest treadmills launched.
For more details about each brand go to RunReviews.com.