Enter the incline slope and the total distance traveled into the calculator to determine the treadmill elevation gain.

Treadmill Elevation Gain Formula

The following formula is used to calculate an elevation gain while walking on an inclined treadmill.


  • Where EG is the elevation gain
  • IA is the incline angle (degrees)
  • D is the total distance traveled

The units of measure for elevation gain will be the same as the units entered for distance. So, if you enter the distance in miles, the elevation gain will also be in units of miles.

The formula above uses trigonometry to estimate the vertical elevation gain where the distance traveled is the hypotenuse and the elevation gain is the height of the triangle.

What is treadmill elevation gain?

A treadmill elevation gain is an estimated equivalent gain in elevation that a person would have reached if they were hiking outside instead of on a treadmill.

The higher the angle of the treadmill the higher the elevation gain.

How to calculate treadmill elevation gain?

Example Problem:

The following example problem outlines the steps needed to calculate an elevation gain on a treadmill.

First, determine the average angle the treadmill was set at. For this example, the treadmill was set at 15 degrees incline.

Next, determine the total distance traveled. In this case, the total distance traveled is 5 miles.

Finally, calculate the treadmill elevation gain using the formula above:


EG = SIN(15)*5

EG = 1.294 miles of elevation gain