Originally Posted by bucksfan2
Unless it is an old bad tredmill they are pretty accurate. Some people like treadmills others hate them. The difference you may feel could be a result of the treadmill pacing you or the lack of hills. One common problem with running outside is the lack of a true pace.
For example if your goal is to run 5 miles in an hour you can set your pace at that mark and just go. If you have a 5 mile route picked out you likely aren't going to stick to the same pace for the entire run.
Yeah I agree, it's all about pacing and it's hard, unless you are a very experienced runner, to regulate your own pace. I'm pretty muscular from the football days as a WR/LB/CB into college, and a mix of sprinting and long distance works best for me (intervals).
My body type is just not made for long distance running, never has been, and my lung capacity kinda stinks.
I usually just warm up on the treadmill before every workout for 6-10 minutes and sprint for the last minute to get my heart racing and work up a good sweat, then I weight lift fairly intensely for 1-1.5 hours. Keeps my weight steady and my cardio in ok shape, but doesn't wear me out so much that I can't lift (usually high reps/moderate-to-high weight for tone vs bulk).
I also use machines for the most part, and cables, free weights bulk me up too much and the dumb bells and plates are a pain, and are always the most crowded.
PS - People who don't put their weight/plates back really tick me off, and it's very common at my gym - always a good % of rock heads at gyms I guess, with attitudes to boot.