As the old saying “different strokes for different folks” suggests, not everyone enjoys working out the same way. Some like lifting weights, while others prefer to run. Many appreciate solitude when exercising, whereas some thrive off the company of others in a group environment.
Continued innovation within the fitness industry has led to a wide array of choices unavailable a decade ago. Until recently, those who chose treadmills as their primary workout destination did not have the option of participating in group-oriented fitness classes. No longer are those individuals limited by such constraints, as treadmill workout classes are available at home on demand as well as in gyms.
Among the latest to implement this technological trend into the mainstream are the innovators at NeoU Fitness, according to a recent article by Runners World. Story author Danielle Zickl expounded on NeoU’s mission after interviewing co-founder Mike Alfaro, writing:
NeoU’s platform houses tons of different workout brands on their platform, such as a kettlebell brand called Bells Up, a high-intensity boxing brand called Strike, and a strength training brand called WiderStrong. The treadmill classes, which launch today, will appear on the brands In Time, E3, and Kamps.
“We’ve gotten a lot more requests for cardio classes, which triggered the question, ‘How do we bring a great experience [to our users]?’” Mike Alfaro, cofounder of NeoU, told Runner’s World.
According to Alfaro, in a typical treadmill class, an instructor takes you through an easy warmup on flat ground, then you pick up the pace to a speed in which you can still hold a conversation. Next comes a few hill sprints where you increase your treadmill’s incline and speed. Some classes cool down after this, but others include an off-the-treadmill strength session that can include exercises such as lunges with dumbbells, jump squats, and V-ups to build both strength and endurance.
As Zickl points out elsewhere in the article, the influence of in-home cycling classes from companies like Peloton has led in part to the burgeoning treadmill class movement.
To read her full writeup, click here.