Standard treadmills only reach a maximum incline of around 9 degrees. But this one, developed by a team of physiologists at the University of Colorado Boulder, goes all the way to 45 degrees. The unique contraption is providing some insights into the best strategies for extreme uphill running.
The results aren’t very useful given that you don’t have to accelerate your entire body mass constantly on a treadmill. Standing up repeatedly on a moving belt is not a good indicator for propelling your body mass across an actual distance.
This bears repeating: Curious to find out the grade? GoogleMaps provides elevation information if you view a route as a cyclist, but I’m told this functionality isn’t supported everywhere …and it doesn’t tell you the grade. MapMyRide however has provided this information for a long time, and will provide grade with an elevation histogram. I think Garmin Connect provided similar details…
Some trainers allow you to tweak resistance – Tacx is one such brand. So you can get more of a workout than just moving between the gears.