Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Which Burns More Calories: More Incline or Faster Speed?

Running on the treadmill in the mornings, doing intervals at higher speeds but keeping the same incline or even reducing the incline in order to maintain a higher speed, I get to wondering. Wonder which burns more calories, running at a decent pace at a high incline or keeping a moderate or lower incline but running at a high sprint?

What do you guys think?


  1. i am a running queen! i loooooove to run at high speeds and imagine all the fat cells i'm killing off.

    my personal trainer is a champion bodybuilder, he gets ripped down to about 8% body fat for comps etc, and when i first started training with him, he expained why high impact cardio is all wrong.

    see, low heart-rate fat burning cardio is the way to go, he said. i didn't want to hear that at all. this means walking for an hour, not sweating and being absolutely bored to death.

    but he explained that high intensity cardio burns half stored body fat, half glucose stores. he said if i did long session of very low impact (my target heart rate is 130) i would burn off 100% stored body fat.

    that was the goal afterall, burn off all the fat, not use up energy stores!

    i scoffed at him. i ignored him and kept doing the high impact stuff. i wasn't burning fat off very fast at all. after a few months, i tried the boring low-impact stuff.

    it makes me sick to discover that he is 100% correct.


  2. High impact burns more calories than. Although all recent researches show that exercise wont help you lose weight as simply eating less. Exercise will just make you more hungry.

  3. Thank you both for this. Interesting. Damn, I don't wanna hear that the trainer's low impact suggestion was correct. Hmm. Food for thought.

  4. i know! i hate it too, but it works. i'm shedding fat faster than ever, but it makes me hungry (working out) and i find THE best way to lose fat?

    don't eat.


  5. wow very helpful comments from Kitty, its always best hear it from people that actually walk the walk (pardon the pun) as well as talk the talk

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