As much as we enjoy running, some of us totally abhor the idea of going on the treadmill in the gym. Although some of you may be saying that we can choose not to do so, sometimes, it is inevitable, especially when we engage in circuit training. One of the components is bound to be doing time on the treadmill and having to get through with it.

So, “Treadmill VS Dreadmill”: What is so good about the treadmill and why can it be the source of pure evil for some? Why do some runners hate it so much and some love it? If you are thinking that it’s just a treadmill and what huge arguments can come out of it, you will be surprised.


We all know what the treadmill is. Stationary running with options to train on different terrains in the comfort of a (usually), air-conditioned gym. Let’s face it, training on a treadmill takes away the fuss of having to find a route, avoiding slow walkers / joggers / prams / people on phones, and having to look out for traffic. You get to set your own pace, monitor your progress / heart beat / timing on one machine, and even get the company of other athletes around you. Seriously, what’s there not to love? Still, for those who prefer the outdoors and despise circulated air, well, no one’s stopping you from doing just that.



Those who perceive the treadmill as a dreadmill aren’t usually the ones who are looking at the recycled air and sweaty bodies around them. They are the ones who just dislike it, no reasons needed. To them, the treadmill is not a true indication of your running abilities and what is portrayed on the screens are not your real prowess on the dirt road. It’s a whole 30 to 45 minutes of pure monotony and doesn’t do anything to peak their excitement in the sport. While these are legit reasons, dreading the treadmill to this extent is a little…extreme.

Read also: 3 non-running workouts you can do on the treadmill

Exactly what is the deal with these two and how should we treating the innocent running machine? At the end of the day, I guess it all boils down to personal preference. We need to understand, though, that as much as we may adore or detest the treadmill, it will always come in handy someday, some way. And when that happens, perhaps, some minds will be changed to think otherwise.

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