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20 Treadmill Workouts for Yucky Weather

When bad weather hits, be ready to crush your workout indoors with the best treadmill workouts!

I’d like to thank Horizon Fitness for sponsoring this post about the best treadmill workouts.  Thank you for supporting posts like this that allow me to publish Running in a Skirt daily.  As always, all opinions are my own and I only write about products I love and think you will enjoy hearing about.

20 of the best treadmill workouts - for when the weather gets nasty

Hi everyone!

I feel like I’m channeling my former weather girl self with the title of this post!  Can’t you just see the tv promo??—>

When bad weather strikes.. what do you do??!! These super fancy treadmill workouts… duh! duh! duh!

Sorry, that was BAD!  Regardless, I’ve gathered some of the best treadmill workouts on the interwebs from my favorite bloggers!  And of course thrown in a few of my own too.  Think you hate the mill?  Try my 5 Ways to Make Running on the Treadmill Easier!

Before I get to the best treadmill workouts, I also wanted to point out that I believe that the treadmill can be a great training tool.  I feel like it can be an effective way to get in speed work or tempo runs that you are having trouble hitting yourself.  You can use the treadmill to get your legs used to a faster speed and then take that movement outside.  I have even used the treadmill as a tool to hit my 5K PR.   I believe there is a time and place for good quality indoor workout equipment.  It can make you a more well rounded athlete!

I’ve been running on my trusty Horizon Fitness Treadmill for over six years now.  I tend to run on it more often in the cold months, because well… I really dislike the cold… but it is something I am on year round!

My Horizon Fitness treadmill has gotten me through everything from working on a comeback and rebounding from sinus surgery, hitting PR’s and even training for marathon.

I remember one monsoon rainy Saturday morning during my marathon training cycle where I ran 17 miles on it.  Needless to say, I feel very close to that machine and it’s gotten some serious wear and tear! lol!  I’ve even been known to say it’s my favorite “thing” I’ve ever bought. (Makena even loves it!)

The Best Treadmill Workouts / Running in a Skirt

Horizon Fitness also makes some pretty legit ellipticals, exercise bikes and even rowers, making cross training super simple.  Isn’t this bike lovely? I’m totally crushing on it!My Horizon Fitness treadmill folds up with their “Featherlight” technology which means it’s a breeze to fold up.  The new machines do the same thing.   Isn’t it a beaut?

They are designed to specially fit the body, so you can move naturally while working out.  If you are in the market for quality equipment to put in your home, start here.

It’s time.  Start falling in love with the treadmill and bad weather or not… give some of these best treadmill workouts a try!

The Best Treadmill Workouts


Warm-Up Treadmill Workout, Physical Kitchness

25 Minute Power Walking Workout, A Lady Goes West

Running Hills Treadmill Workout, Suzlyfe

Back to Running Workout, Lunging Through Life



Rise and Shine 20 Minute Treadmill Interval Workout, A Lady Goes West

Progressive Treadmill Workout, Running in a Skirt


5K Interval Series, Eat the Grains

Let’s Get Speedy Treadmill Workout, Running in a Skirt

Treadmill Speed Workout, Kristin Longacre

Need for Speed Treadmill Workout, FitFulFocus

30 Minute Tone and Burn Treadmill Workout, Jill Conyers

Interval Treadmill Workout, Sweet and Strong

Make it Count Treadmill Workout, Lunging Through Life

Treadmill Pyramid Interval Workout, Coach Debbie Runs



Incline Strength Workout, Vita Train for Life

60 Minute Treadmill Fartlek Run, This Runner’s Recipes

Treadmill Workout Guaranteed to Make You Sweat, Fine Fit Day

40 Minute HIIT Treadmill Workout, Lunging Through Life

Tone and Burn with Strength and Cardio, Jill Conyers

Balls to the Walls Treadmill Workout, Kerri’s Fit Kitchen

Which Treadmill to Buy?

Don’t forget to look at Horizon Fitness machines, and specifically treadmills to finish off your own home gym.  As I mentioned above, my Horizon Fitness treadmill is one of my favorite things I have ever bought. It makes working out a home a cinch and gives me no excuses to not get my run in.  If you buy directly from Horizon, you buy directly from the manufacturer so you can rest assured you’re getting a dependable machine for the best value.

Want to find these later? Pin this to your favorite Pinterest Board!

20 of the Best Treadmill Workouts for Runners /Running in a Skirt

Also try my 10 Easy and Effective Home Workouts

10 Easy and Effective Home Workouts that require little to no equipment


Thanks for joining me today!  Come back tomorrow for a healthy twist on my favorite comfort food.

I’m linking this post with Marvelous Monday,  Jill Conyers for Fitness Friday & Inspired to be Fit, Amanda for Thinking Out Loud Thursday,  Coaches Corner, and Annmarie for Wild Workout Wednesday.

Your turn!

Check out the Horizon Fitness site and tell me which machine would be on your dream wish list!

Have you used the treadmill as a training tool before?

By | 2017-08-15T14:03:52-04:00 February 15th, 2017|Fitness, Running, Treadmill Running, Workouts|79 Comments


  1. Finley October 1, 2020 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    I was searching for the top best treadmill workouts to do in home. but not found the right one. and finally your post come over my eyes and I read the best ways, tips and tricks to do right workouts with treadmill. I’m bookmarking. thanks for sharing.

  2. Travis April 5, 2020 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the tips and workout examples!
    Being locked down is not easy, especially for us running and workout people.
    Your Need for Speed workout has been kept me sane for the last week.
    Please post more treadmill workouts!

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  5. Bella Hardy May 9, 2018 at 9:42 am - Reply

    I am crossfitter and these workout plans are come in handy for me!I found your post from Pinterest! I’m also gonna pin this post on my Pinterest board my followers will love it. Thanks for sharing Julie!

  6. Julia September 4, 2017 at 5:21 am - Reply

    Really nice collection of treadmill workouts. Nice use of the yucky weather phenomenon.

  7. Agness of Run Agness Run March 6, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    I am not a big fan of a treadmill but when winter comes I have no choice. Hence, your post was every helpful and motivating, Julie!

    • JulieWunder March 6, 2017 at 4:35 pm - Reply

      So true! You just have to make the best out of it.

  8. Carly @ Fine Fit Day February 22, 2017 at 12:56 am - Reply

    Thanks for the link love Julie! I am SO not a treadmill fan so I need to have a workout planned to make the time go by.

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  10. Kerri McGrail February 17, 2017 at 9:16 pm - Reply

    Love this round up! Thanks so much for including my advanced treadmill workout! love the variety here!

  11. Tami Qualls February 16, 2017 at 11:32 pm - Reply

    This girl does not like to exercise. I use every weather excuse not to do it. I do think maybe having a treadmill would help me. At least I could watch t.v. while doing it.

  12. Toughcookiemommy February 16, 2017 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I’m dying to get a treadmill and I love the idea of staying active indoors even when the weather outside is terrible. These are great tips.

  13. Saidah Washington February 16, 2017 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    These are some awesome fitness suggestions. I get tired of just running on the treadmill and would love to switch it up.

  14. jill conyers February 16, 2017 at 8:23 pm - Reply

    When I started building my home gym I was so so excited when we added a treadmill. One of our best buys ever. Thanks for including my workouts!

  15. Kristy from Southern In Law February 16, 2017 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    These are such great workouts!

    I am actually a super chicken and scared of running on a treadmill because I’m so clumsy, hahaha!

  16. Diana @ Live Lean Eat Green February 16, 2017 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    You have no idea how much I needed this post right now…the forecast is for rain all next week.

  17. Ilka February 16, 2017 at 6:54 pm - Reply

    These are super effective fun treadmill workouts Julie! I’m one of those runners who usually don’t mind running on a treadmill. You are so right, the treadmill really helps us to adjust our running or ease back into running when outside running is not really doable!!

  18. Mary Ellen @ VNutrition February 16, 2017 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    These look great Julie! I need something to spice up my treadmill workouts, they’re getting boring so these will help me out a lot!

    PS Makena is so cute!

  19. Kalee February 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this list of workouts! Our treadmill bit the dust after about 10 years. I can’t wait until we get a new one!

  20. Kalee February 16, 2017 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this list of workouts! Our treadmill bit the dust after about 10 years. I can’t wait until we get a new one!

  21. Kerri Olkjer February 16, 2017 at 3:19 pm - Reply

    Love these! I always distract myself by changing things up. I get bored with just a steady run much past a mile, lol. I’ve been shopping for a new treadmill, my old one has finally had it I think. I hadn’t come across this brand though!

  22. Rebecca | NOURISHED. February 16, 2017 at 2:22 pm - Reply

    I actually really enjoy my treadmill time at the gym!! Some of these work outs sound pretty intense but I will definitely be up for the challenge. Can’t wait!!

  23. Laura February 16, 2017 at 11:49 am - Reply

    Ugh I despise the treadmill! BUT these workouts would make using one more fun!

  24. Mikki February 16, 2017 at 11:48 am - Reply

    How awesome is this! Love it! My treadmill is buried under boxes from our kitchen right now, but when that is done.. I can’t wait to dig it out. Pinning this so I can come back when I’m ready to dust ours off!

  25. Cassandra February 16, 2017 at 9:45 am - Reply

    Great roundup of treadmill exercises. I’ll be sure to share them with some of my running friends. I just can’t bring myself to run on a treadmill.Unless it’s lightning or really icy, I’m running outside.

  26. Linda February 15, 2017 at 11:20 pm - Reply

    I love getting on a treadmill and these are awesome! Thanks for sharing them and I will use them!

  27. Chrissy February 15, 2017 at 10:38 pm - Reply

    I don’t do treadmill work but in my gym going days I liked the ability to do incline work on the treadmill. Made straight running so much easier.

  28. Maria February 15, 2017 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I don’t run outside haha so this is perfect for me!

  29. dixya @food, pleasure, and health February 15, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    treadmill had been my BFF lately.

  30. Carmy February 15, 2017 at 9:18 pm - Reply

    Love these! I love doing speed work on the treadmill!!

  31. Carmy February 15, 2017 at 9:17 pm - Reply

    Love these! I love doing speed work on the treadmill!

  32. Blane Sherer February 15, 2017 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    I say the more options and variation the better.
    Nice post.

  33. Lisa @ Mile by Mile February 15, 2017 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    I dont have access to a treadmill but I would love to eventually get one for our home gym! These look like some great workouts to make the time on there go by more quickly.

  34. Lindsay Cotter February 15, 2017 at 7:59 pm - Reply

    These are some great treadmill workouts! Definitely will keep these in mind and try them out! Variety is a must when it comes to running indoors on a treadmill and you’ve done a great job selecting a variety of treadmill workouts here with this list!

  35. Rachel February 15, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Fun workouts! Thanks for linking!

  36. Alisa @ Go Dairy Free February 15, 2017 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    This is great! I haven’t been able to run for 6 months, and I still don’t know when that will happen, but your power walking workout could make things a little more fun for me!

  37. Liz Mays February 15, 2017 at 5:31 pm - Reply

    Oh wow, this is an awesome collection! It’s good to know that intense interval workouts are possible on the treadmill.

  38. Jodi @ Create Kids Club February 15, 2017 at 5:17 pm - Reply

    I find the treadmill to be so boring. I like the idea of having a game plan going in!

  39. Gingermommy February 15, 2017 at 5:10 pm - Reply

    I have been looking to change up my time on the treadmill, this is great

  40. Nicole @ Fitful Focus February 15, 2017 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks for including my workout :). I definitely need to try all of these!

  41. Janelle @ Run With No Regrets February 15, 2017 at 4:18 pm - Reply

    Ooh what a great collection of treadmill workouts! I’m always looking for something new πŸ™‚

  42. Emily | EmPowered Nutrition February 15, 2017 at 2:29 pm - Reply

    I like how you gave a bunch of different options for workouts on a treadmill since it can get a little blah at times!

  43. Annemarie LeBlanc February 15, 2017 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    This is the way to go when the weather outside is bad. I use our treadmill occasionally, and if I do, it would be walking, not running. Thanks for sharing your list of treadmill workouts. I might try some of them.

  44. Chrissa - Physical Kitchness February 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    I was just thinking about hitting the gym this week and trying a new treadmill workout and looking to Pinterest but I’ve found my inspiration! So many great things to try – thank you so much!

  45. Divya February 15, 2017 at 1:35 pm - Reply

    I love treadmill workouts! Interval workouts on the treadmill are some of my favorite exercises to do. (Mainly because I can’t actually run for too long without feeling winded so the walking breaks in between are helpful to keep me going for longer!)

    • JulieWunder March 4, 2017 at 10:48 am - Reply

      Me too! If it’s really cold it’s hard for me.

  46. abbey sharp February 15, 2017 at 11:40 am - Reply

    I love all of these cardio variations!! Totally agree. I think treadmills can def be used as a means of training when the weather isn’t up for running outside!!

  47. heather @Lunging Through Life February 15, 2017 at 11:30 am - Reply

    Thanks so much for including mine! I love the treadmill. I mean, I’d choose outside if I could, but the treadmill is my saving grace.

    • JulieWunder March 4, 2017 at 10:46 am - Reply

      Me too! Outside isn’t always practical in my world.

  48. Susan Mary Malone February 15, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

    I’m laughing at the pic of the dog next to the treadmill. Many breeder friends of mine use jog-a-dogs, which is just a treadmill for canines!

    • JulieWunder March 4, 2017 at 10:45 am - Reply

      She wouldn’t move… so I decided to go with it. Who doesn’t like to see a puppy! lol!

  49. Sarah February 15, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    If we had a treadmill I’d run a lot more! I like running in the snow but not in the freezing cold temps and hot humid days. It’s on our list when we get our exercise room done.

  50. Emily February 15, 2017 at 10:10 am - Reply

    Special treadmill workouts can make the time go by SO MUCH faster; I love how you collected a bunch of them.

  51. Annmarie February 15, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

    What a great roundup of treadmill workouts! Pinning for later so I can give them a try πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up and sharing!

  52. Patricia @Sweet and Strong February 15, 2017 at 8:49 am - Reply

    I live on the treadmill during the winter months as I refuse to run outside when the temps are below 30 degrees. But even during warm weather, I love doing sprints on the treadmill, I always fee like I got such a great workout. Thanks for including Interval Workout πŸ˜‰

  53. Dan Steadman February 15, 2017 at 8:08 am - Reply

    use the treadmill only when it’s really crappy outside

  54. [email protected] the Long Way Home February 15, 2017 at 7:59 am - Reply

    See, even Makena Rose is questioning the treadmill!

    But I know it’s a necessary evil, which is why I’m pinning this post for the future.

  55. Kimberly Hatting February 15, 2017 at 7:53 am - Reply

    I’m gonna save & pin this. It’s no secret I loathe the ‘mill (even though I finally gave her a name, ‘Milly LOL). I cannot fathom 17 miles all in one place! That said, I can (sometimes) handle the ‘mill for speed work or brief intervals….just don’t ask me to go for longer than an hour πŸ˜‰

    • JulieWunder March 4, 2017 at 10:41 am - Reply

      I sometimes can’t believe I did that either! I think I just zoned in that day!

  56. I really like how you categorized these workouts in levels-great idea. Some time or another we all need to do a treadmill workout right?!

  57. Daniel February 15, 2017 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Great tips! I think I need to start doing some more treadmill training as these sound pretty fun πŸ™‚

  58. Susie @ Suzlyfe February 15, 2017 at 6:47 am - Reply

    Is it weird that I legitimately look forward to my treadmill workouts? Granted, I read and stuff while I’m doing them, but I like the plug and chug, lol!

    • JulieWunder March 4, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Not weird at all! I enjoy them too! I catch up my my TV shows that the Hubs doesn’t want to watch.

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