HIIT workouts are one of the most efficient forms of exercise there are. Teaming that up to make a HIIT treadmill workout is even better. It means that you’re getting a hard-hitting full-body burning workout that will shift some serious calories in a short amount of time. For a lot of goals, that's exactly what we need.

Before we jump straight into the workout head first, it's always a good idea to take a step back and look at why these kinds of workouts are so effective. That's both separately (i.e. treadmill vs HIIT), and even more so when we put them together. They're both incredible.

Running

Man doing a treadmill HIIT workout

First of all, the benefits of running. There are way more than you probably know about, but we won’t go into more depth than we need to. (A lot of them are here if you want to know more).

As an exercise, running is an awesome way to get your whole body moving in a way that couldn’t really be much more natural. It’s predominantly a leg-based exercise since that's where the power is coming from, but it does involve a little bit of everything and is a great example of cardio exercise in general.

It's centred around plyometric exercise, which is what is causing the explosive pushing of each leg back to drive you forward. At its most basic point of view, that’s what running is. As a result, this explosive movement means that you’re getting a good muscle contraction from almost all of the muscles in your legs at some point or another, and that’s even great for toning too! It's all a part of the HIIT treadmill workout. Who ever said running couldn’t build some leg muscle?

Treadmill Benefits

So on top of all of the benefits that running has to offer you, how you run can be a game-changer as well. Who'd have guessed it? A treadmill, in particular, is a great way to explain it.

Using a treadmill means that you're running from your own home, which off the bat is a good point to keep you motivated. Without trying to sell the treadmill to you though, let's get into the nitty-gritty.

Running on a treadmill means that you can use the shock absorbers that are built into the treadmill to make sure you’re keeping yourself safe. Running outdoors, especially with a bad technique, can often lead to knee injuries in the long term. (We’ll talk through that more here)

On top of that, you can change the pace during your HIIT treadmill workout too, and the incline that the treadmill is on. Even incline walking can be a game-changer if you use it right. That's ideal for making your workouts as hard or as easy as they need to be to cater for the workout you want. As you get fitter and fitter from workouts like this one, your workout can get harder and harder without you having to do anything extra, and that's exactly what you need in the long term.

HIIT Benefits

 

Woman running on a treadmill

Moving on still, the beauty of this HIIT treadmill workout or just HIIT workouts themselves is something to behold. They are just awesome if you know how to use them well; especially with cardio machines.

First and foremost, without a doubt, one of the biggest benefits of HIIT is that you can burn a huge number of calories in a short amount of time. That’s what it was created for in the long run. The more you do, the more calories you burn. So much so in fact, that it can actually burn more calories than more standardised cardio like jogging in just about half the time! Incredible!

Even on top of that, because of the nature of the workout, it's great for toning too. Cardio and running, in particular, is, of course, great for toning too, since the definition of toning involves losing some body fat, but HIIT takes the cake. You burn more calories, AND you are building muscle from the intensity of the workout too! Win-win!

The Workout

The HIIT treadmill workout is hard, by any means. For anyone. It’s going to cater for whatever you’re capable of, and it needs you to be giving it your all throughout. You rest more than you work to make up for it, but it’s still hardcore.

You really need to be working at around 70-80% of your maximum effort when you do it.

Here it is:

Work Rest
3:00 Minute Warm-Up
30 45
30 45
30 45
30 45
30 60
45 60
45 60
60 60
30 60
3:30 Minute Cool Down
  • 3:00 Minute Warm-Up 30 45

  • 30 Seconds Work

  • 45 Seconds Rest

 

  • 30 Seconds Work

  • 45 Seconds Rest

 

  • 30 Seconds Work

  • 45 Seconds Rest

 

  • 30 Seconds Work

  • 60 Seconds Rest

 

  • 45 Seconds Work

  • 60 Seconds Rest

 

  • 45 Seconds Work

  • 60 Seconds Rest

 

  • 60 Seconds Work

  • 60 Seconds Rest

 

  • 30 Seconds Work

  • 60 Seconds Rest

  • 3:30 Minute Cool Down

 

 

Good luck!

This is just a taste of what a treadmill can off you too. If you need more guidance form a longer workout plan, check out this 4 week treadmill workout plan that has HIIT in it too!

For more info about interval running, check out this NHS guide too!

 

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