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When it comes to treadmill training, people usually fall into one of two camps – they either love it, or they don’t. Maybe you find the treadmill a fun and convenient way to get your cardio in? Or perhaps you associate treadmill running with boredom, slogging through one mile at a time as you watch the seconds tick by?
Regardless of the category you fall into, there are some definite advantages and disadvantages to running on a treadmill. In short, it can be a fantastic tool to increase your sprinting speed and get an effective, fat burning workout.
Treadmill Running vs. Running Outdoors
If you’re debating whether to train on a treadmill or to run outdoors, there are a few points you might want to consider. Each comes with a unique set of benefits, so your goals will help you determine what makes the most sense for you.
1. Increased Muscle Activation.
You might have noticed that running on a treadmill feels physically easier. When you run outdoors, you have to recruit more muscles overall, but especially your posterior chain which works to propel your body forward.
Running is essentially a plyometric movement that involves powerfully pushing off your back leg while driving your front knee forward to lift your body off the ground, landing and stabilizing on the front leg, then driving the back knee forward, and repeating. There’s a lot going on, and as a result you engage your glutes, hamstrings, calves, quads, hip flexors, and stabilizers (not to mention the actions of your core and upper body) just to run.
On a treadmill, you’re running against a moving belt that is basically pulling your legs behind you. Because you don’t have to push yourself forward, there’s a greater emphasis on your calves, quads, and hip flexors, and less activation of your glutes and hamstrings. As a result, there’s a lower energy requirement during treadmill running than running outdoors.1
The good news is, you can level the playing field here and increase your glute activation on a treadmill by setting the incline to at least a level 1.