Since I’ve been injured/out-of-workout-commision, I’ve been doing A LOT of walking up inclines. So boring, I know, but it’s so effective! Plus, it’s the only way I can get my heart rate up without a lot of impact or pressure on my shoulders. Think about it: spinning demands some tension in your shoulders and lats. Sitting in a seat while peddling makes it almost impossible to get your heart rate into zones 4 and 5 without putting your joints at risk. All I have left is walking up an incline!
As someone who would rather run as fast as possible, I’ve found walking up an incline is a physical and mental challenge. One that gets my heart racing much quicker than running at 12.0. Bonus: It tightens and strengthens your hamstrings and glutes.
The key to my walking has been my form. Rich Shaw at BLAST900 has been watching me go through this for a while now. The first thing he corrected for me was my form. In the video we made above, he explains what most people do wrong when walking uphill and how to correct it.
At the end of the day, you want your workouts to be effective and safe!