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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

The greatest factor is an elaboration to Thomas' answer. It isn't just downward force, it is also forward. You do reduce your weight if you push down on the bars, but more importantly you produce ...
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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

It makes you "weigh" less. The answer here is simple physics. When you run on a treadmill, you still have to propel your body weight up and forward relative to the motion of the belt. When ...
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Why is it so much harder to run on a treadmill when not holding the handlebars?

In addition to Markov's answer, the bars provide stabilization, requiring less effort to keep yourself aligned properly. It is, in some ways, similar to how someone might be able to lift more weight ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

Heart rate monitors can be broadly classified into thee groups based on how they communicate with the fitness equipment. They are - Bluetooth - Most latest HRMs these days use bluetooth to ...
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Why does the treadmill stop/stutter while I'm running?

The four different treadmills all reacted similarly and have a "stutter" when moving faster than a light jog. It's almost embarrassing for me now thinking my weight is causing this issue but ...
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How to choose a treadmill that will last a lifetime?

Having operated commercial gymnasiums, I would only ever recommend buying heavy commercial-grade equipment; the cost of home or low-use commercial equipment ultimately proves to be greater, since ...
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treadmills vs walking

To answer which one burns more calories, that's pretty straightforward math. Steady state cardio burns calories based upon intensity level x amount of calories per minute . In order to get that number ...
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Treadmill shopping: importance of motor vs roller

The motor indicates how fast and smooth the treadmill will be able to sustain a continuous belt speed. Some treadmills simply can't "keep up" and the runner can move faster than the belt can go. In ...
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Starting to Run in Threadmill

From my personal experience, I can say that stretching is required neither before nor after the treadmill running workouts, unless you are planning to sprint at high speeds there, which I do not ...
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Arm placement on treadmill

Shin splints most commonly occur when there is a disparity between the velocity of the driving leg and the velocity of the ground. Put more simply, they are caused when the leg contacting the ground ...
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Is there any benefit of "real" running outdoors vs running on a treadmill in gym?

Hamstrings. When you're running on a level treadmill, you're essentially hoping up and down on a moving belt. When running outside, you're also pushing yourself forward (hip extension), which ...
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Best bicep improvement for a skinny 14-year old?

Tweaking what you currently have would be pointless. You need to follow an actual plan if you want good results. Under the best of circumstances a man can only realistically hope to build a single kg ...
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Is 15% grade/incline on the treadmill the same as on a road?

The Fitness.StackExchange link provided by @Adam is great and probably the most complete when answering your question directly. The actual calculations for treadmill v road grade are as follows. ...
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Heart rate monitor compatibility

Most gym equipment used the old 5 (more exactly 5.3) khz am transmitter like an uncoded Polar t31 or lots of monitors available on ebay for about 13-23 bucks. those transmitter have a range of about ...
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When should I use incline and speed intervals versus incline and speed ramps?

I'll give this a try since no one has yet. Intervals are more commonly known and used whereas the progression run is not. An interval run has fixed amount of running medium to hard at a fixed effort ...
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How long would I need to walk to do the equivalent of 20 minutes on a treadmill?

Calories burned during walking and running is primarily dictated by distance traveled. This means the amount of walking you need to do needs to be however long it takes you to travel the same distance ...
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treadmills vs walking

Treadmill of-course. Your body will get used to the park or any env. Where you considor walking whereas treadmill will help you in varition. And as you said you can put more time and walk some more ...
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Legs sore after starting treadmill. Should I continue or wait?

Though the cause of DOMS still isn't totally understood, most contemporary research suggests that the pain comes from nerve sensitivity caused by bradykinin during the muscle repair process. Having ...
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Is 15% grade/incline on the treadmill the same as on a road?

The intent is that the incline of a treadmill matches a grade. However, as noted with your comment on 0% incline, there's no air resistance, and some people have noted that inclines aren't always ...
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Do curved treadmills help with proper running form?

A curved treadmill will not help you "maintain a short, quick stride". In fact, unless you modify your stride specifically for that treadmill's curvature, your stride will be longer: your feet will ...
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How to do HIIT when it takes a while for the treadmill to speed up and slow down?

Do you live near a track or in a good neighborhood to run in? Do this outside - make it fun. Do Intervals in Sets and Reps - Get AWAY from using time There's nothing in life that's fun and ...
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How to do HIIT when it takes a while for the treadmill to speed up and slow down?

You've got a few options, though honestly none of them are going to fit your ideal scenario. 1) As Kevin Lee suggested, just do 30 seconds sprint, let it slow down and do 30 seconds walking. You're ...
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Beginner runner - severe shin pain

I would venture to guess that you have, as you noted, tibialis anterior muscle pain. That muscle and its associated tendons are responsible for dorsiflexion or put more plainly it helps you lift your ...
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Beginner runner - severe shin pain

I am also a victim of the same situation and with a similar body structure as yourself. Few things that are helpful in my case are always warm up before running. Not just a couple of minutes of warm-...
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First Marathon for treadmill runner

I'm being a bit (very?) anal here, but it's a 10k not a marathon nor is it a quarter marathon. In any case, a week is a very short time to get ready! You need to start running outside on the real ...
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Treadmill: Importance of belt width?

The narrower and shorter the belt is, the less suitable the treadmill will be for higher level workouts and taller exercisers. At the minimum, a 16" wide x 42" long belt is going to feel very cramped,...
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Why does the treadmill stop/stutter while I'm running?

Noah, 235 should not be a problem. You can try out different treadmills at local big box furniture stores to determine which is right for you. I find that hotel and apartment treadmills are usually ...
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How to choose a treadmill that will last a lifetime?

I'd spent couple of months on Google before I bought one. And now I have had it for 2 years with daily loading of 10-15 kilometres' distance, with speeds of 3-5 km/h, about 3 approaches per 1 hour ...
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Muscles activated when you are running on the street compared with treadmill

With respect to muscle activation, there are definitely differences between running on a treadmill versus running outdoors. You're being mechanically propelled on a constant and flat terrain with a ...
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How to choose manual treadmill for rucking

You might want to look into a curved manual treadmill. They are not cheap. I've never tried rucking on the one I've used in a gym. Good summary of available models
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