Running On The Treadmill

If you take a closer look at the possibilities of modern treadmills, you will see good reasons to try running indoors.

Viktor Röthlin’s marathon test in the pre-competition week is a fixed ritual. He runs for 20 minutes at the planned competition pace (19.5 km / h), measures the pulse, and increases lactate blood. Defined speed, always the same general conditions, no disturbing external factors: at this moment, the fastest Swiss marathon runner appreciates the advantages that a treadmill offers.

 “This gives me the certainty in black and white that I am in good shape and can deliver a good result,” says Röthlin, “and the test gives me information for the next marathon preparation.” Anita Brägger and Christian Belz also step on the treadmill not regularly, but whenever the temperatures are below freezing, or the darkness prevents targeted running training. The ultra-runner Peter Camenzind is different. He has never walked on an artificial belt.

Running without progress and without being able to enjoy the beautiful meadows and forests – that is not his thing. «I much prefer to go out into nature. »In certain circumstances, however, he could at least theoretically imagine standing on the indoor version. «If I constantly slip on the icy ground outside, you could think about it. Or as regeneration training after an injury, it certainly makes sense to run indoors. » The triathlete UrsGrieder, on the other hand, who has already completed over 30 Ironman, highly appreciates the advantages of a treadmill.

His injured knee is less susceptible to a treadmill than during long runs on hard asphalt, says Grieder. Because of knee surgery, he usually had water in his knee for a few days after long-distance triathlon competitions. A year ago, he participated in the world’s first official indoor Ironman. Interesting for him: he had no complaints afterward. “The stress on the joints is lower on the belt,” says Grieder, “because a good treadmill is dampened.” In fact: The damping systems are usually set up as if you were walking on the forest floor. Interestingly, in competitive sports, it is mostly women who train on the treadmill, at least for long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners.

The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. A year ago, he participated in the world’s first official indoor Ironman. Interesting for him: he had no complaints afterward. “The stress on the joints is lower on the belt,” says Grieder, “because a good treadmill is dampened.” In fact: The damping systems are usually set up as if you were walking on the forest floor.

Interestingly, in competitive sports, it is mostly women who train on the treadmill, at least for long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. A year ago, he participated in the world’s first official indoor Ironman.

 Interesting for him: he had no complaints afterward. “The stress on the joints is lower on the belt,” says Grieder, “because a good treadmill is dampened.” In fact: The damping systems are usually set up as if you were walking on the forest floor. Interestingly, in competitive sports, it is mostly women who train on the treadmill, at least for long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. “The stress on the joints is lower on the belt,” says Grieder, “because a good treadmill is dampened.” In fact: The damping systems are usually set up as if you were walking on the forest floor.

Interestingly, in competitive sports, it is mostly women who train on the treadmill, at least for long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. “The stress on the joints is lower on the belt,” says Grieder, “because a good treadmill is dampened.” In fact: The damping systems are usually set up as if you were walking on the forest floor. Interestingly, in competitive sports, it is mostly women who train on the treadmill, at least for long-distance runners.

Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. At least for the long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser. At least for the long-distance runners. Probably due to a lack of training partners. The legendary Norwegian Ingrid Kristiansen regularly ran on the treadmill, as did the former Swiss top runner FranziskaRochat-Moser.

Low experience component – but tangible advantages

No annoying drivers who refuse to go first. No risk of getting lost on new routes. There are no freezing temperatures, slippery streets, and barking dogs; in winter, there are some reasons (or excuses – as you like) to move the usual running unit from outside to inside. But there are also tangible advantages of treadmills: For parents who have to take care of their small children and therefore cannot exercise in the fresh air, a treadmill at home can be worth its weight in gold.

Or even professionals who are always at work in daylight in winter appreciate the independence they have when planning the training session with the belt. Others save time with it: You come home late and want to watch the football game or the news, but at the same time do something for your health. The banal solution: combine treadmill and television.

On a treadmill, you can easily control and control pace, incline, intervals, rhythm, and pulse rate. Even the air resistance can be compensated for in terms of energy consumption (by a one percent gradient). Different programs provide variety. Whole training blocks can be played through. There are small differences in the running technique: The fact that the tape is pulled away from under your feet means that you do not have to pull forward as much.

 The legs can simply be raised. The knee stroke is less than when walking on natural ground. That is why coordination on the treadmill takes some getting used to. You have to concentrate so that you continuously run at the same pace and don’t swerve sideways or lose your balance. Or so that you don’t continually look down and change your posture.

Although the images of runners that are catapulted backward in the event of a fall are not known in practice, the automatic tape stop safety precautions ensure this. Or big red emergency stop buttons. Wrong steps or other injuries are scarce on the treadmill. The electronic tape stop safety precautions ensure this. Or big red emergency stop buttons. Wrong steps or other damages are rare on the treadmill. The automatic tape stop safety precautions ensure this. Or big red emergency stop buttons. Wrong steps or other injuries are unique on the treadmill.

Home devise or fitness center?

Despite all the advantages, an acquisition should be considered carefully because a treadmill takes up a lot of space. If it is in a small, narrow room, you quickly lose motivation. Who wants to run against a wall? More entertaining training is guaranteed if you run in front of the open window – fresh air included. If you buy a treadmill for at home and want to run on it regularly, you have to dig deep into your pocket. The sophisticated technology has its price. Most treadmills are, therefore, not in private households but fitness centers. There, rolling training courses are hard to imagine. While treadmills are mainly used for full running training in-home use, the user group in the studio is very diverse. Many athletes only use the devices to warm up in front of a power unit or to run out afterward. Others complete independent endurance units on the tapes. Where and how you run is ultimately a question of personal preference. What is certain is that the renewed boom in the running also increases the interest in treadmills. The most unfriendly Swiss weather in winter supports this trend, although only modest quantities are sold to private buyers.

The treadmill benefits at a glance

  • Fair-weather runners who do not like to be outside in nasty weather conditions have a guaranteed dry training option with the treadmill.
  • In winter, with icy and slippery conditions, walking on the belt is safer than outdoors.
  • Working people have little opportunity to run in daylight in winter. You can run on a treadmill at any time of the day.
  • Ambitious runners who want to complete technical and pace units can plan them precisely and implement them on the treadmill.
  • Mothers (or fathers) who look after the children at home have the opportunity to exercise with the treadmill and still not have to leave home.
  • Runners who go to the gym for weight training anyway can combine the strength exercises with running practice.
  • A treadmill is more or less damped depending on the quality, so it protects the musculoskeletal system.
  • By setting an incline, a gentle terrain (slightly uphill) can also be simulated.
  • Performance tests can be standardized on the treadmill (i.e., always under the same conditions). So you can determine precisely how fast you are really on the move and measure your training success correctly.

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