(Closed) Holding on to the treadmill..time to let go!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

If you need to go slower or at a lower incline to hold on, start there. It’s okay if you have to work up to that. Hanging on to the treadmill is actually cancelling out more than what you’re gaining with the incline/speed. I would start slower then move up until you realize you have to hold on…at which point, back it off just a bit so you’re not holding on.

Post # 4
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Sugar bee

I never knew that it was so negative to hold on. I use an elliptical and often don’t hold the hand bits (they throw me off balance), I just assumed I was not getting an arm workout but how does that change the leg/cardio work out?

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I agree with PP. Start out slower/with a smaller incline if you need to. Holding onto the treadmill is cancelling out a huge portion of the work you’d be doing.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

Start out slower and also, make a point of walking in the middle of the treadmill (further back) its better for your stride and it’ll be harder to hold on.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

@slicey19:  You’re supposed to hold onto the eliptical…that’s not bad. But holding on when you’re on the treadmill is making it a lot easier, requiring less effort, therefore using less energy/calories.

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