The treadmill has long been synonymous with monotony — a place to zone out and pretend you're not watching E! Not anymore. Now boutique gyms like Barry's Bootcamp and Orangetheory use it for high-powered sprints between strength-training circuits. Big-box gyms post waitlists for group "tread classes." And the New York Times heralded treadmill studios as the potential successors to SoulCycle. Clearly, there's far more to do than a basic run. "We're using treadmills to work in different planes of motion, to do side shuffles, back pedals, to hike up the incline," says Joe Holder, a New York–based Nike run coach and trainer. Mix those creative workouts with the energy of a group class and the rise in running and race participation, and you have a perfect storm for the treadmill's renaissance. Getting in on it doesn't require a dedicated studio or class, just a good plan. Below, David Siik, running coach for Equinox and creator of its Precision Running program, outlines three. These workouts not only make a treadmill more effective, they keep you entertained. "You're engaged, your brain has to work, and your body has to make hundreds of decisions," says Siik. "You're too busy to be bored."
Three routines to reach any fitness goal.