If there is one exercise machine that everybody wants at home, it’s a treadmill.  Exercise regimes can be fully controlled and versatile, and an attractive alternative to running in the rain.  The main concern that most people face when looking to invest in a treadmill is its sheer size.  Not many of us have houses big enough to dedicate one room to training and weight equipment, which is why we are championing the foldaway Lifefitness F3 treadmill.

Although convenient, foldaway treadmills have long held a reputation of being flimsy and lacking in integrity in comparison to non-folding treadmills.  Thankfully, Life Fitness has come up with a range of excellent treadmills that can be folded into a tidy standing position, without compromising quality.  It really is an innovative piece of equipment: sturdy and durable with patented FlexDeck shock absorption which dramatically reduces the strain placed on joints.  The LifeFitness F3 folding treadmill also features 14 workout programs, iPod compatibility, a large, clear LCD display monitor, personal profile set-up and many more ingenious features.

The Lifefitness F3 folding treadmill is now available on our online fitness shop for only £2295.00.  When you've got yours, try out our cardio interval training workout below.

Interval Training

Interval training involves increasing the intensity of your workout by introducing short blasts of high intensity training via increasing incline or speed for a period of between 30 seconds to 2 minutes depending on fitness level.  This is a useful work out to integrate into your existing regime, especially at the end of a session as the short, intense blasts cause the body’s metabolism to spike and remain at a higher metabolic rate for a longer period post workout than regular cardio training.  Here is an example of a good interval workout to start with:

  • As will all exercise routines, make sure you have fully stretched to prevent cramping or damage to the muscle tissue.  Begin by warming up for the first 10 minutes at walking pace or a slow jog.
  • Increase speed to a sprint, or as comfortably fast as you can run, for 30 seconds.
  • Decrease speed to slightly faster than your warm up speed for a recovery period of 30 seconds.
  • Repeat this 8 more times before cooling down at a slow jog or walking speed for 10 minutes, not forgetting to finish with stretching.

This is a basic template for interval training.  Once you become more comfortable, this routine can be tweaked to your fitness ability: increase the intensity blasts and recovery periods, or introduce an incline into your workout.  However you choose to adopt interval training, remember to push yourself gradually in increments to prevent damaging any joints, ligaments, muscle tissue or over-training yourself.

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