What Muscles Do The Treadmill Work?

First published on April 7th, 2023. Updated on September 10, 2023.
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A treadmill is a piece of exercise equipment that allows you to walk or run in place. It typically has a moving belt that you can walk or run on, and it may also have electronic features that allow you to track your progress or change the speed or incline. Treadmills are a popular choice for people who want to get some cardio exercise, and they can be found in many gyms and homes.

The treadmill is a great way to get your heart rate up and burn calories. But did you know that it also works specific muscles in your body?

When you are running on a treadmill, there are several muscles working together to keep you moving. Your quadriceps (the muscles in the front of your thighs) are the main drivers, propelling you forward with each step. Your hamstrings (the muscles in the back of your thighs) also play a role in helping you move forward. Additionally, your glutes (the muscles in your buttocks) and calf muscles work together to help push off from the treadmill belt and keep you moving. All of these muscle groups work together to keep you moving forward on the treadmill.


If you want to tone and shape up your quads, then try walking on a high incline-about 15 degrees–with low speed. Start holding tightly onto the railings while backing away from it slowly at first before gradually increasing your pace over time.


The back of your thighs is an area that can get really strong when you run or walk on the treadmill regularly. The muscles there will grow endurance, which means they’ll become firm and powerful!


There are many different ways to work out your buttocks, and one of the best is on a treadmill. You can do walk-lunges for 3 minutes at just 3 mph! Keep yourself safe by holding onto railings as you exercise so that it’s easier when walking fast.


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