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Discussion: may I suggest a treadmill r...

in: chitownclark; chitownclark > 2017-09-16

Sep 18, 2017 3:22 PM # 
matzah ball:
may I suggest a treadmill run w/ a high incline setting. ha ha.
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Sep 18, 2017 3:41 PM # 
chitownclark:
Well you didn't get any takers the last time you made that suggestion to someone else. :-) So now you're trying to sell me? Are you a treadmill salesman?

My two basement machines are a great workout, and I don't have room for any more. Besides, where do you go to find a decent treadmill? The one I used to use at the club had some pretty sophisticated programs that would vary the incline and speed during the workout. Definitely beyond my abilities right now.
Sep 18, 2017 4:58 PM # 
matzah ball:
the ones at the Y /recplexes I go to now( something called Silver Sneakers - free access to practically any facility w my health insurance) can be operated manually w two flippers reminiscent of a pinball machine to the desired settings. no I'm not a salesman, just have come to recognize it as a good tool. for instance, in your case, I guarantee you will work up more of a sweat on incline treadmill than walking,slow running or even nordic trek. go ahead, prove me wrong.
Sep 18, 2017 6:34 PM # 
chitownclark:
Well unfortunately my running speed is so slow, I cannot work up a sweat anymore while running. Getting on a treadmill, then dialing down the speed to my pace, would be a waste of a machine. I'd be just like all those walkers, who get on a treadmill....just to slowly walk; what's the point? At that speed, I can walk just fine outside; why do I need a treadmill?

Fortunately my Concept II rower allows me a real aerobic workout, while working the arms, shoulders and legs far harder than I ever could by running. To me, rowing is a perfect exercise: low impact, works the whole body, can do it into your dotage.
Sep 18, 2017 9:13 PM # 
matzah ball:
Chi, sorry if I didn't make that clear enough - the component that makes you work is the grade. Put it on 15% incline and see if its too easy.

I'll bet even a walking pace of 3 mph at that grade will be quite challenging - so its a way of not going fast and still working hard. You could do that w a steep hill outside, but does Chicago even have 15% hills that take a half hour to walk up?

I can see how the rower would be a good total body workout, though. Just not the greatest training for running. It was just a suggestion, can't hurt to try something new even if its a bust, variety is the spice of life.

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