Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Treadmill- initial thoughts

It was almost 90 degrees out yesterday. I ran and hiked a bunch this weekend and am sore. Ergo, I didn't really want to run outside so I hopped on my shiny new treadmill. Fun fact: you can wear whatever you want when you workout at home. This means less laundry for me! Hooray!

The treadmill comes equipped with iFit Live capability. It seems neat, but it's expensive! It makes it so your treadmill (or elliptical or bike) can talk to your computer and upload workout data, and also download workouts. There are a selection of workout modules including ones by Jilliam Michaels. They seem neat. I haven't figured out if buying the iFit module is worth it, I'll have to look into it more. The treadmill did come with pre-programmed workouts. I'll review as I do them. The workouts are categorized into "Performance," "Weight Loss," "Timed," and umm... I don't remember. Maybe Distance?

1- 20 Minute Performance workout.
The profile of this looked like a kinda wimpy interval workout. 3 minutes each warmup and cooldown at 3.0-4.0 mph, plus 5 x 1min intervals, 2 mins rest. Intervals were at 7.0-8.5mph, rest was at 6.0. All of that was done at 1.0% incline. I did this and was not blown away, but it's a good starting point. I really really wish that instead of preset interval speeds, I could choose do all the intervals at 8.0 or whatever. Either way, it was 2 miles with some little speedy parts. I could do without 6 minutes out of 20 being spent on warmup and cooldown, but I know I don't do those things enough anyways. They're just trying to help.

2- "300 Calorie" workout
How do you know how many calories I burn if I don't enter my weight? It seemed pretty accurate, maybe on the high side (thought I'd burn 300 cals in 30 minutes. pretty much in line with the estimates for 100 cals/mile when running), but the workout itself was really annoying. It alternated incline between 1% and 3%, speed 3.5 to 4.5. 4.5 is a really awkward fast walk speed for me, so I did a ridiculous slow jog instead. I ended up bailing on this one, overriding the speed settings and cruising at 5.5 for about 12 minutes. Not my favorite.

I guess I need to get used to the idea of someone else's "workout" for me if I am to use any of the presets. I want to mess with them some and see if they're worth using. Maybe the iFit ones are better? We'll see.

Today might be a bike ride if my tires can be inflated, or some intervals? I'm so unpredicatble.

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