Q: Do you run on a treadmill for cardio? What are your thoughts about the use of treadmills?
A: For most of the year the treadmill is an excellent towel hanger. Occasionally, though, when it is blisteringly cold outside or otherwise climactically intolerable, the treadmill’s value as a tool for your cardio conditioning may increase. Beyond that, go outside and run, even in non-optimal-climate conditions.
Don’t be a whiny baby. You’re a human—you were made to move. You’re not a gerbil locked in a cage with little else to do. Besides, actually propelling yourself on the ground, as opposed to keeping your legs pumping on a moving track, is much harder and torches tons more calories by comparison.
So get off the damn motorized running track and get outside and enjoy the sights and sounds as you burn fat and increase your oxygen uptake!
Editor’s note: Ben White won his first IFBB professional bodybuilding contest, the Tampa Pro, in 2010. He is also a champion powerlifter and frequently competes in the World’s Strongest Bodybuilder contest at the Olympia. His best competition bench press is 711 pounds. He is an MPH athlete, www.MHPStong.com. IM
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