Wednesday, 9 November 2005

Is treadmill training useful for the serious athlete?

Posted by speedygeoff on Wednesday, November 09, 2005 with 2 comments
Treadmill running is different from normal running. Treadmill training might even retard improvements in overground running economy. Given the choice, always do normal running in preference to treadmill running.
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  1. I have to say that treadmill running has never appealed to me. I much prefer to run outdoors.

  2. A question is - can one train and improve without running and running? Are there any exercises which are at least as good as running if not better? Or is the old adage true, "running is the best form of training for running"?
    I have investigated gym work, pool running, and other sports such as swimming, cycling, skiing, and have yet to find any more effective way of getting fit than by purely running.
    Cross training may help with injury prevention ... etc etc,
    But to improve, I think one needs to go out and just run naturally.
    So I am working towards analysing some of the popular alternatives training systems. Treadmills are now off the list...
    Hey I do have an open mind...
    But as well, I find in my own experience that outdoors running IS far more enjoyable than these other things, and I am a very reluctant participant in any alternative when injured.