But I was totally feeling the vibe of the gym so decided to do 2:4 intervals; 2 minutes of "rest" at level 3 and incline 2, and 4 minutes of intensity at level 5.8 and incline 3.5.
I was halfway through my 30 minutes when this guy gets on the treadmill next to me.
He starts out at a brisk walk but within 5 minutes, he was PUSHING himself!!
He would full on sprint at some ridiculous two-digit level for a minute or two, then slam on the big red "STOP" button on the machine (presumable so he wouldn't fly off the treadmill), then walk it for two minutes and repeat the madness.
Besides keeping me distracted and not thinking about how much time I had left on the treadmill, he was actually a really good source of motivation. I figured if this crazy guy can sprint it full speed, I can definitely push myself to do the 4 minutes of jogging. Anyway I finished off my 30 minutes on the treadmill soaked in sweat, heart pumping, and feeling awesome. That was definitely the most intense cardio workout I have done in a L-O-N-G time!
So thank you, Crazy Guy on the treadmill... you allowed me to push beyond my comfort zone and burn a few extra calories!