Do you dread the treadmill? Welcome to the club. I’ve always had a strong distaste for the “dreadmill”, as I like to call it. Running became part of my regular fitness routine in college but only during the warmer months when I could hit the pavement outside. Put me on the treadmill and I can hold my own for about 15 minutes before boredom sets in.
With the evolution of boutique fitness, studios of all different types have popped up around the country and especially New York City. In order to survive, most studios need to find a fresh way to approach the industry. They need to separate themselves from other studios to gain followers or often time cult members. One way to do so? Do something completely original. This year treadmill running studios began to enter the fitness scene. The two biggest players on the scene in NYC are The Mile High Running Club and TheRun. Classes are taught by professional runners for people trying to improve their running skills or training for a race. And you know what? They are great. These classes can change your opinion of the treadmill.
Running without any kind of plan for your workout can be monotonous and boring. The classes at these studios are pretty interval paced meaning you are changing speeds and inclines throughout the class. Pairing the constant changes along with the great music keeps your mind occupied and makes it feel as if the class is flying by. If you’re like me, you need someone to stand there and push you. For me, being pushed by an instructor means less walking and more working.
Still, these classes can be done at your own pace. They provide a speed guide for both beginners and advanced runners to help you choose speeds depending on the intensity level in the class and your own running capabilities. So, if you are new to running or the class there is no pressure and you are able to go at the pace you see fit. If you need a walking break between speed intervals? Take it and don’t feel bad about it. That’s another great thing about these classes– you are focused on yourself. Everyone in the class is at different levels of fitness and the class can still be tailored to fit your individual needs.
My personal favorite so far is the Dash 28 class at Mile High Run Club. The class consists of a static stretching warm up followed by 28 minutes of speed and hill intervals. After the last round of tough and sweaty intervals, the class hops off the treadmill for 15 minutes of strength training using kettlebells. Deadlifts, squats, and snatches all help to make your entire body strong, which is key for running. The class is truly a full body workout and not just for cardio junkies.
Other class options include Distance and High 45. Distance is 60 minutes of running with continuous hills, tempo and intervals.This is geared towards advanced runners or those training for half and full marathons. High 45 is the bridge between the Dash 28 and Distance classes with 45 minutes of interval running. If you’re a beginner or intermediate runner, I recommend beginning with the Dash 28 or High 45 classes at this studio. Each is a challenge and will have your running skills improving in no time.