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    I sprint on a treadmill 2 times a week. Last week I sprinted at speed 10(think its 10mph) and went almost half a mile .45 to be exact, then rested and went 1/3 mile at 11mph. At my level of capability, are these speeds to slow to be anabolic? Should I crank the speed up to 13+?
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    I would say that going half a mile is not a true sprint. It is no doubt a great FAST paced run, but fast twitch fibers are primarily anaerobic. This means that at 10 mph it took you almost 3 minutes to complete .45 miles which starts to get into the aerobic stages since the anaerobic threshold of an advanced trainee is usually about 1-1.5 minutes max.
    Your set at 13 mph for .33 miles is probably more geared toward your goal. I think doing a few sets of 200 meters would be ideal.

    Also, careful what term you use. It is not anabolic to run; it is anabolic to eat and rest. However, you must first stimulate the need for recovery and growth (anabolism) by stressing a muscle and giving it a need to improve itself.

    Another thing, sorry I know I'm rambling on and on, I think you would be better off running on the street than on a treadmill. The problem with a treadmill is it moves your legs "back" for you via the movement of the belt. You are not working your hamstrings enough compared to your quads and hips flexors since you move these muscles forward under your own power.
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    If you can sprint for 800 meters, you are among the most well conditioned athletes in the world. Congratulations.

    And can't sprints be anabolic if you're doing perhaps 60 meter sprints with sufficient rest in between?
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    I don't know about this anabolic talk, but speed 10 on the treadmills that I use are not sprints. In my opinion you can only sprint on the ground. Speed 10 for me is a run, and a pretty fast run, but definitely not a sprint.

    If you want to sprint try doing some HIIT around a track, sprinting 50-100 meters, jogging the turns/remainder of the straight if you do 50, then doing it again.

    Glad to see I'm not the only one doing sprints, though.

    Keep it up!
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    Do you mean anaerobic vs. aerobic?

    anaerobic when considering running generally only refers to sprinting because anaerobic means to perform without the use of oxygen. this generally only applies for 100m and possibly 200m at the most.

    generally this is how it works:

    0 - 10sec: anaerobic system, using ATP
    10sec - 2mins: lactate system - using muscle strength and oxygen
    2mins plus: aerobic system - using muscular endurance and a crapload of oxygen

    and yeah like someone said above, if you can run that far at a full sprint, you would have to be a highly conditioned athlete.

    i guess the other factor to consider is that 10mph isn't exactly fast. it's quick, but not what most people would consider a sprint.

    Keep working on it mate, you have got the right idea though - running is awesome! Someone else suggested HIIT on a track, sprinting 50 - 100m and then jogging - great idea! maybe have a go at that? also much better on your muscles / bones than running on a treadmill
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    Does walking help your muscles at all? just a question, cause I can't sprint ****, so if I walked like 2 miles on a day made for leg working, would that be ok?
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    My bad I meant anearobic.

    Thanks for the replies. It is damn cold in Cincinnati but I will try sprinting outside next time nonetheless.
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    Originally Posted by SirCain View Post
    Does walking help your muscles at all? just a question, cause I can't sprint ****, so if I walked like 2 miles on a day made for leg working, would that be ok?
    It's better than sitting on a couch, but it's not HIIT. Start fast walking, move up to jogging then try sprints when you get in better shape.
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    as a pretty experienced track runner i feel you're usually not running as fast as you think on a treadmill. i always feel i get more out of any run on the track or on the road, you ever see rocky train on a treadmill? lol
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    Originally Posted by xxwhe3l5xx View Post
    as a pretty experienced track runner i feel you're usually not running as fast as you think on a treadmill. i always feel i get more out of any run on the track or on the road, you ever see rocky train on a treadmill? lol
    are you on drugs? rocky is a movie and he was playing a boxer not a freaking sprinter. not only that, it's a movie, it doesn't dictate what boxers actually train like. geez, put some thought into your post before you make one as dumb as this.
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    Originally Posted by xxwhe3l5xx View Post
    as a pretty experienced track runner i feel you're usually not running as fast as you think on a treadmill. i always feel i get more out of any run on the track or on the road, you ever see rocky train on a treadmill? lol
    No, but I saw Ivan Drago train on a treadmill and he lost. Based on this scientific analysis, I think its clear

    Running outside > Treadmill


    Especially when we are dealing with a totally un-related sport from a movie.
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    I prefer to do HIIT outside for two reasons:

    1) You can run shorter, more intense sprints, as you don't have to fumble with the speed controls or wait for the belt to "catch up."

    2) You can run with a more natural stride without worrying about falling off.

    Just my personal preference. I do some HIIT on the treadmill when outdoor training isn't available and still get a hell of a workout, but overall I think it's the less-effective option.

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    Originally Posted by CoQ10 View Post
    I prefer to do HIIT outside for two reasons:

    1) You can run shorter, more intense sprints, as you don't have to fumble with the speed controls or wait for the belt to "catch up."

    2) You can run with a more natural stride without worrying about falling off.

    Just my personal preference. I do some HIIT on the treadmill when outdoor training isn't available and still get a hell of a workout, but overall I think it's the less-effective option.

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    and there's nothing like the feel of the wind in your face during sprints, and feeling the wind while walking back to your starting point after. Feels so damn good.
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    Originally Posted by kdogg3270 View Post
    and there's nothing like the feel of the wind in your face during sprints, and feeling the wind while walking back to your starting point after. Feels so damn good.
    I don't know, people sprint like 15 mph that's not that much wind.
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    Originally Posted by Ayemelek View Post
    are you on drugs? rocky is a movie and he was playing a boxer not a freaking sprinter. not only that, it's a movie, it doesn't dictate what boxers actually train like. geez, put some thought into your post before you make one as dumb as this.
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    Yikes, you're right.
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