Treadmoves: Aerobic Cardio Blast

Lynn Carter
Year Released: 2002

Categories: Treadmill/Elliptical/Running/Stairs

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I’d definitely say that this workout is for intermediate to advanced treadmill users, even though they show a "beginner" modifier. This workout contains a lot of unique moves on the treadmill, including plyometric moves, so anyone new to the treadmill may have difficulty doing these types of things safely. Heck, I still have trouble with some of the moves, and I’ve done this workout before! I’d definitely recommend not forgetting to wear the safety stop on your treadmill during this one, and skip over any moves that feel unsafe or uncomfortable. You also need a good amount of room on either side of the treadmill for arm exercises, and overhead movements are used, too – though I modified those due to my lower ceiling. That said, I had a lot of fun with this one!

It’s been quite a while since I used this workout, and while it’s challenging, I found it pretty enjoyable – and for me to say that about the treadmill is saying a lot, heh. The music is fun with a good beat, and the instructor, Lynn Carter, leads this one pretty well. A timer or speed/incline indicator across the bottom would have been helpful, as I think there a few times where Lynn forgets to tell you to decrease the speed or incline. Not to worry, I had already decreased my level out of necessity, lol. The entire workout is about an hour long, with the treadmill cardio lasting about 45 minutes.

There isn’t much of a warm up for this workout, as the moves start around minute 2 or 3. I remembered that from last time, so I had been doing a warm up walk during the intro. This workout contains lots of plyometric moves done on the treadmill, as well as hill climbs, upper body weights, boxing, jogging, and sprints! Though this workout is shorter than Tracey Staehle’s Walking Strong workout, the pace is faster. The plyo moves include front shuffles, side shuffles, step knees, step-hop with hamstring curls, and step-hop-kicks. Everything is done in intervals, and she builds up gradually to the different moves, eventually combining them together. She alternates intervals of shuffles, hills, weights, jogging, and sprints – and then around again with new moves almost every time! At the end she did side squats on the treadmill, similar to Tracey’s treadmill workout but without the crossover – and at 2 mph vs. Tracey’s 1 mph. She slows the workout down a bit at the end, and finishes the treadmill work with some more upper body weights. After the treadmill cardio wraps up, the workout then moves to the floor for push ups, abs and a nice stretch – with almost everything using the treadmill as a bit of a prop. Again, I really liked this one, and look forward to being able to do more of the plyo moves next time. I did some jogging during the sprint segments, but kept to a walk or fast walk the rest of the time.

I had a lot of fun with the boxing type moves – shuffles with different punching combos. I still have more work to do to be able to keep up with all of the plyo segments, but I still enjoyed it and got a very good workout from it.

Instructor Comments:
I liked Lynn quite a bit in this workout. She's motivating, and for the most part cued very well.