(Closed) Walking Backwards on Treadmill?

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

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
617 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

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
1184 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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
792 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Eh, haha I would be scared too.

Post # 7
1927 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

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
946 posts
Busy bee

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 # 10
4485 posts
Honey bee

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
201 posts
Helper bee

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
46977 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

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.

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