If you’ve ever had the opportunity to take an SLT class, then you’re well acquainted with the slow burn that begins to build within just a few minutes of being on the Megaformer, the brand’s signature Pilates machine. Now, imagine that paired with the heart-pounding, sweat-dripping satisfaction of a more cardio-intensive session. That’s what you get from their SLT Tread workout, a studio class first launched in 2019 that combines the brand’s hurt-so-good Megaformer flows with an interval treadmill workout.
An SLT Tread class tap into those blissful cardio-induced endorphins and combines the benefits of both Pilates and running. Nearly every single move you do on a Megaformer is a core exercise, and core strength is extremely important to safely and effectively perform all types of movements — especially running. By activating your core at the beginning of your workout, as you do in this SLT Tread routine, you’re helping to ensure that they’re function properly while you’re doing the rest of your routine (in this case, treadmill sprints).
SLT only offers studio classes in the greater New York City area, but you can give the workout style a try with this routine courtesy of Pamela Trujillo, NASM-certified personal trainer and master instructor at SLT Tread. (Nope, you don’t need a Megaformer or a treadmill.)
SLT Tread Core Slider and Running Workout
Equipment needed: A yoga mat and a pair of sliders. If you don’t have sliders, you can use two small hand towels on a smooth floor.
Directions: Start with the 10 core moves. Do each move for the amount of time noted, with minimal or no rest in between. When you’re done with all the core moves, give yourself 90 seconds to rest and transition to the running section, which you can do on a treadmill or outside. Either way, have a timer or watch handy, so you can time the running intervals, and don’t forget to cool down with a post-run stretch afterward.