Post # 1
So just for kicks, I tried walking backwards on the treadmill this morning. I have heard of people that do this and have seen fellow gym-goers do this occasionally. Is the idea that you’re kind off balance so it intensifies (maybe not the right word) the walking? I didn’t notice anything different other than feeling completely awkward in fear I would lose my footing and go careening into the wall behind the treadmill.
Post # 3
i could be wrong but i thought generally when people do it, they do it at an incline and its supposed to be good for the butt.
Post # 4
I think that it just works out different muscle groups and can tone those areas. I read that Fergie does it in heels (no thanks! I would fall on my face).
Post # 5
i think the idea is to change up the way your muscles are working….when you do the same exercise repeatedly, your muscles get used to those movements….changing the pattern confuses your muscles and makes them work harder…..i think. i am not exactly the most coordinated person and i would definitely go careening off the back of the treadmill if i did this. i do it on occasion on the elliptical but even that makes me feel off-balance. oh who am i kidding, i haven’t been to the gym for so long that i recently realized my membership expired 3 months ago and never got renewed…
Post # 6
Eh, haha I would be scared too.
Post # 7
I walk backwards sometimes. I don’t do it at the gym I only do it on the tredmill at home for fear of falling. I do it because I heard that it is really good for the back of your thighs and your tush. I also use the elliptical machine backwards too, but you don’t need to turn around for that.
Post # 8
We do it for patients who have had acl/lcl surgeries at the PT office I volunteer at because it helps so regain extension in the knee (granted this is usually well after the surgery right before they’re getting ready to start running again).
Post # 9
Eeeeek!!! On the eliptical!?! I would probably fall flat on my face!
I did put the treadmill on an incline. Thanks for the info, bees! Maybe I’ll do this occasionally, but only at the gym at our apartment complex. At least if I fall there really is no one else in there, unlike the gym I go to usuallu that is often packed.
Post # 10
I’ve done that before out of stupidity when I was younger and it is not safe, period. The potential for serious injuries is not worth it. It’s better to face forward and walk/run at a higher incline.
Post # 11
I also petal backwards on the elliptical! It works the Quads (front leg muscles) rather than your back muscles and butt. I usually throw a few minutes of backwards into my workouts! Have you tried walking sideways on the treadmill? You have to go pretty slow, but it works out the abductors and your outter thighs. Great workout but you can only do it for a few minutes- it made me tired!
Post # 12
I get a mental picture of myself ” ass over teakettle” as the old saying goes. That said I think I will give it a try-with my cell phone handy to call 911 if needed.
Post # 13
@ana: Sideways….I may have to give that a try!