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  • #31
    Re: treadmill vs Street running

    MJD - Ellipticals are a great workout - especially the Precor 546. Try to get your turnover to 180 or better and it will help with turnover while running (the 546 displays this). I do intervals with several minutes at a lower stride frequency and several at a higher frequency, all while keeping the resistance set at a relatively low number (6 to 9 for me is fine).

    I say 180 strides/minute because I believe that is pretty efficient (most World Class runners fall in at around 180/minute - not that I'm World Class.....)..

    By the way if you use the 546 keep the ramp level off the highest inclines - it doesn't make the workload greater (resistance does) and is isn't very natural.

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    • #32
      Re: treadmill vs Street running

      >MJD - Ellipticals are a great workout -
      >especially the Precor 546. Try to get your
      >turnover to 180 or better and it will help with
      >turnover while running (the 546 displays this).
      >I do intervals with several minutes at a lower
      >stride frequency and several at a higher
      >frequency, all while keeping the resistance set
      >at a relatively low number (6 to 9 for me is
      >fine).

      I say 180 strides/minute because I
      >believe that is pretty efficient (most World
      >Class runners fall in at around 180/minute - not
      >that I'm World Class.....)..

      By the way if
      >you use the 546 keep the ramp level off the
      >highest inclines - it doesn't make the workload
      >greater (resistance does) and is isn't very
      >natural.


      Thanks again el supremo. I assume that you get your hr up pretty high?

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      • #33
        Re: treadmill vs Street running

        I say 180 strides/minute because I
        >believe that is pretty efficient

        Correct!

        A stride frequency of 180/minute during running produces the stretch reflex response in the muscles, the same response the occurs during plyometric exercises. The muscles use elastic energy to create a more forcefull contraction at a lower metabolic cost.

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        • #34
          Re: treadmill vs Street running

          Yes - I get my HR up over 160 pretty quickly (within 5-10 minutes) which is what I am usually at while running (actually I run at 150-160). I use a Polar HR monitor rather than the touch HR on the 546 - it's easier than holding on and the base model Polar A1 is only $50 or so. I don't hold on - I pump my arms as I'm going.

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          • #35
            Re: treadmill vs Street running

            Ok it got down to 25 below F this morning so I must admit that I briefly thought about staying indoors and using my wife's treadmill. Nah...

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