## How to Calculate an Elevation Gain for a Treadmill

How to Calculate an Elevation Gain for a Treadmill

Whenever we travel for work or when the weather goes against our training schedule, the trusty treadmill can be a real life saver to get the workout done.  Here’s how you can get the elevation training in using a treadmill!

Things You’ll Need: Smart Phone Calculator App

Step 1

Step 2

Divide the percent grade by 100. For example, 6 / 100 = 0.06.

Step 3

Calculate the horizontal distance you have run on the treadmill. For example, you have run 2.5 kilometers. 2500m x cos [arctan (0.06)] = 2500m x cos [ 3.43º ] = 2500m x 0.998 = 2495m.

Step 4

Multiply your answer by 0.06. For example, 2495m x 0.06 = 149.7m. You have completed an elevation gain of approximately 150 meters (rounded up).

Using Arctangent Work Out Slope Distance

Divide your target elevation gain by the percent grade and divide by the cosine of the arctangent of the slope ratio. For example, 150m / 0.06 = 2500m / 0.998 = 2505m.