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dhk19802010-12-12 01:06:12 +0000 #1
I was having a discussion with a buddy of mine today about what is the better way to build stamina or get into shape. running outside or running on the treadmill and he was telling me how the treadmill is better b/c u can monitor and control the pace better when you're using it. i kinda understand that point, but i said to him "if that's the case, then how come boxers and fighters go on the road when they train"?? any experts here want to comment on this?
Skinny2010-12-12 01:08:21 +0000 #2
I think using both is beneficial. Running outdoors can be great depending where you're running and what the conditions are. If the air is of decent quality and the surface is of decent quality then that's a great start. Most recreational runners who have done both will likely tell you that running on the road is tougher than the treadmill (that's my experience). Inconsistencies in the surface, random changes in elevations, running on sandy soil or snow, no temperature control, etc. add extra stress that you can't always predict or duplicate on a treadmill. Running indoors on a treadmill is much more predictable concerning all those variables and more.

On the flip-side unless you have a GPS watch that gives you your pace, mileage, heart rate monitor, etc or some other means of determining the accuracy of your work-out you may think you're accomplishing more than you really are (for example, thinking you covered 4 miles in 32 minutes when you only did 3 and 3/4's). That can be significant. The treadmill gives you all that information and more.

The thing I like best about the treadmill is controlling my speed (insures an easy day remains easy), it's easier on the joints and safer than most outdoor surfaces, and is great for practicing ones running technique since you can get into a rhythm easier on a treadmill.

How's that?

EDIT: Another thing to note is that a lot of fighters train at places like Big Bear because of the high altitude. In places like that it makes little sense to run indoors when you got all that beautiful nature to look at while running along paths and roadways. Would be very stimulating for the mind while training I would think.
dhk19802010-12-12 01:35:36 +0000 #3
so what build more stamina, generally speaking?
Skinny2010-12-12 01:23:32 +0000 #4
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Originally Posted by dhk1980

so what build more stamina, generally speaking?

Long, slow runs work the aerobic system (if you can't talk during the run then you're going too fast for an aerobic run).

Short, intense runs work the anaerobic system. For example, running hills, or repeat 200m, 400m or 800m's where you take time to fully recover in between.

The long runs develop your overall conditioning. The short fast runs increase your ability to recover quicker between short intense bursts of energy.

You can do either work-out outdoors or on a treadmill. It's a personal preference. Some guys prefer outdoors, some don't mind using technology. Holyfield used a lot of state of the art equipment to increase his fitness. It's whatever gets you results.
dhk19802010-12-12 02:58:33 +0000 #5
so why do most boxers prefer roadwork over treadmill??? there has to be something extra there. it's not like these top boxers can't afford a nice indoor facility.
dhk19802010-12-12 01:25:42 +0000 #6
don't u think that the the unpredictability and the inconsistency in terms of the footing and the ground level (incline/decline) helps more with your conditioning??

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