07.12.2021 – 10:35
Treadmills are an extremely popular piece of equipment in the indoor fitness world. They are ideal for runners and anyone looking to get in shape and train. However, there are many unique challenges associated with running on a treadmill versus the outdoors – we’re going to cover them all in this post!
What do you have to look out for in one Treadmill?
The most important properties of a treadmill:
- The engine power in hp: The speed and quality of a run
- The top speed in km / h: beginners should be 10 km / h, for advanced riders 15 km / h, professionals 22 km / h
- The size of the tread: if you move quickly, you need more profile. These two values should match, treadmills with a top speed of 22 km / h and a 100 cm long running surface would be doomed to failure.
- The angle of inclination: adjustable automatically or manually? Treadmills with an automatically adjustable angle of inclination are more comfortable, you can change the incline at full speed. In order to change the angle of inclination in manually adjustable models, you have to get off the belt, often loosen a safety device and then set the degree of inclination. It’s all a question of comfort.
- The maximum user weight: It is particularly difficult for beginners to lose weight. You often have to lose a lot of weight, which sometimes makes losing weight feel impossible. Before buying it, make sure that the new treadmill can carry you without any problems.
- The quality of the control panel: almost all treadmills can now display the most important training data. There are differences in the number of training programs, size of the LED display and number of direct selection buttons.
- The connectivity: can the control panel be connected to your own tablet and so integrate external training apps? What other connection options are there?
Which is better: treadmill or running outside?
None of the training types is “better” per se. Some prefer the fresh air in all seasons, others don’t like to walk around in wind, ice and storms. What speaks in favor of the treadmill is that a workout can easily be carried out at any time; for running outdoors it is the fresh air and the many things that you see.
For hardcore runners who are always out and about, the treadmill is the hamster wheel of Homo sapiens: nature falls by the wayside – and so does the running technique. But many others get into the meditative flow while exercising without distraction or excuses.
Yes, running on a treadmill can be different from running outdoors or on a running track. You can also feel uptight in the gym with other people. But there are also advantages – you have no chance of getting wet from the rain or being surprised by an animal jumping out of the bushes!
Treadmills are still a great way to work out. Reasons are: Most people find them easy to run, they do well for high-intensity training, and it is the safest form of running. Consumer electronics also make them a more engaging environment with programs to do – most importantly, keep your feet safe from outside interference.
If you’re just starting out, use the low speed setting.
Beginners should exercise for 15-20 minutes 2-3 days a week. While there are many philosophies out there, one approach is to just focus on the basics and not worry about variety or uneven pace until you have completed those basic weeks.
Once you have got used to the sequence of movements and the changed rolling motion, you can gradually increase the frequency of training first, then the scope and finally the intensity.
Treadmill training programs for strength athletes
The treadmill is one of the best fitness machines for warming up before a workout. That’s because it can get your heart rate up quickly and it uses more muscles than other devices like the bike.
Usually short units of 10-15 minutes are enough to get your circulation going. The same applies here: start slowly and then increase a little.
And don’t be surprised if you work up a sweat more than usual in the studio. In contrast to running outdoors, no wind provides additional cooling, which means that sweat evaporates more easily. Give it some time, however, and your body will adjust to the heat!
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