As a plus size girl, I like my cardio to be as high intensity and low impact as possible. High intensity to keep me feeling strong, low impact to protect my knees. Walking on the treadmill helps me to achieve the high intensity/low impact balance that works best for my curvy body. I recently read a Washington post article on treadmill running. I’ve been applying the techniques to my treadmill walks and I’ve been really happy with the results. I feel stronger and a few of you have DMed me saying that my legs are looking more toned (thanks, dolls!).
The article recommends progression, tempo, and hill training on the treadmill for runners– you can apply these techniques to your treadmill walks.
Here’s my morning treadmill routine:
10 mins: Warm up with progression walks, which help build speed and endurance, consider starting at a moderate pace and then increasing speed by .5 to 1 mph every 5 to 10 minutes, so you’ll finish your walk going significantly faster than you started.
20 mins: Tempo walks help improve speed and teach you to maintain a set pace, the article recommends warming up at a slow pace, and doing the majority of your walk at a faster pace — I typically try a 1.8 to 2.8 pace, depending on the day — and then cooling down at a recovery pace.
My BEST Training Hack: Walking uphill, which can make a workout more intense and build heart and lung health, so it’s recommended to use treadmill inclines for hill-walking practice. This is a big part of my morning routine– on average I walk at an 11% incline, no matter the speed (I’m training towards 12%)
I give myself a few minutes to rest and then I go right into my Curve Method daily guided workout for the day.
Plus Size Walking Outfits
Dolls, I’m happy to share that my contract with Nike has been extended! I’m pleased to have a long and meaningful partnership with Nike and Nike is super supportive of my vision for healthy curves of every size. I came to Nike with an idea to create a gym confidence series for curvy girls and they agreed to sponsor it!