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How To Run Downhill on a Treadmill With No Decline Option

No decline option? No problem. Use this fast fix to add downhills to your uphill only workouts.


  • Step 1: Decrease the incline below your new zero to create a decline to run downhill.
  • Step 2: Remove the board after your workout and reset it, making sure the feet are centered each time for safety.
  • FACT: British scientists found that a one percent treadmill incline is needed just to replicate the energy required to run on an outdoor track.
  • TIP: Mark the number as the new 0 on a piece of masking tape on your display as a reminder.
  • Step 3: Increase the incline of the treadmill until the level reads that the surface is level. The number on the incline readout will now be your new flat running surface, or the new zero.
  • Step 4: Lift up the back of the treadmill and place the two-by-six board underneath the back feet. Make sure the feet are centered on the board.
  • TIP: You can also purchase downhill treadmill converter blocks.
  • Step 5: Put the level on one side of the treadmill. The level will show that the surface is not level.
  • : Modify your treadmill at your own risk.

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