Love them or hate them (dreadmills). Essential to surviving your winters in some semblance of fitness in the north; and ditto to surviving summers in the scorching summers in the southwest. Treadmills.
You can read all you want about if treadmill running does or does not mimic running on the roads. You can apply the common 1% grade to runs to “make up for” road effects (A trainer in the article quotes 2% – but this is redundant of the original recommendation of 1%. Certainly change it up for biggest benefits.). In the end, if you are looking to maintain your conditioning at times when it is not convenient to run outside (too hot, dark, cold, rainy, snowy, dangerous, etc.) then a treadmill is an essential tool.
As you can read in this one-stop shopping website review, the array of treadmills and options and bells and whistles can be daunting. It’s nice if you can use your local gym treadmill. The convenience of owning one however may be just the ticket to consistency in your training. (And it removes one more excuse/barrier to getting your workout done… driving to the gym.)
The bottom-line on a treadmill is to get what you will use. Regardless of virtual reality runs and other bells and whistles, if you don’t use it then it doesn’t matter. Save your money.
I think they did a nice job of sifting through all the treadmills and explaining their criteria. Take a look before you buy your next treadmill!
Need a treadmill training program? Drop me a line. I can design an entire program to get you from that starting line to the finish line – training just on a treadmill.