On this page is a treadmill elevation gain calculator, which will return the elevation you gained or climbed based on the angle of your treadmill. The tool works with either an incline or grade percentage (or degrees), and can work with a treadmill that measures distance in kilometers or miles.
Treadmill Elevation Gain Calculator
Using the Treadmill Elevation Gain Calculator
To use the treadmill elevation gain calculator, first (be safe!) finish your workout. You should have some sort of readout for your performance in your workout - you'll need to gather your distance traveled and the slope of your treadmill.
For some treadmills, slope is a setting (automatic or manual), or fixed in some way. This is usually listed as a percentage grade, percentage slope, or percentage incline (or incline percentage), although some models of treadmill might list the degrees of the slope. Either a percentage incline or degree measure works... just change the tool settings.
Now, enter the slope into the Incline field, taking care to select percent grade or degrees as appropriate. Next, enter the Distance traveled measurement from before, and change the pulldown menu to miles or kilometers depending on your measurement.
Finally, click the Calculate Elevation Gain button to complete the conversion. From there, Elevation gain will show you the kilometers or miles (and feet) you gained during the workout.
Treadmill Elevation Gain
While most treadmills nowadays will have a display that summarizes your average heart rate, calories burned, and distance traveled, they don't always show the elevation you gained in a workout. That's interesting information - it's essentially the distance you traveled 'into the air' or elevation, as if going up an elevator. This tool lets you figure that out based on your total distance traveled and the slope (or slant) of your treadmill during the workout.
Of course, there are limitations to the tool. If you change your elevation during the workout, the tool will show an elevation gain that is too small or too large (based on which way you moved it). However, for fixed elevation workouts, you can rely on the tool to give you an accurate result.