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    What speed does everyone use on the treadmill to optimally preserve the most muscle while of course burning fat? Is there a threshold that you can stay under so no muscle is lost(assuming enough calories are in place). I am currently using 2.3 MPH.

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    I dont know if its so much speed as it is your heart rate. I havent started cutting yet - so I havent read up on it, but I believe there's a 'target heart rate' that you want to maintain for a certain amount of time to optimize fat burning.
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    I have done pretty well in the past with a sprint 30 sec / walk or jog 30 sec to a minute.
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    You don't really need to spend that long on it either 15 to 20 minutes first thing in the morning on an empty stomach worked well for me.
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    5 mph @ 20-30 mn.
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    DC suggests a 45 min. walk aiming for 2.5 miles or so, first thing in the AM, on an incline or with resistance (treadmill). His reasoning is that running actually breaks down hard-earned muscle. Not sure if that's true or not ... but apparently he doesn't have any problem getting his trainees ripped while retaining LBM -
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    I've always heard 15-20 minutes of interval training is the way to go.
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    worked well for me........ any amount of too much cardio will break down muscle. Of course if you throw juice into the equation I'm sure you'll keep a lot more muscle than you normally would.
    Look at sprinters they have a good amount of muscle. Marathon runners often look like they have very little muscle and often look like they have a wasting disease.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VanillaGorilla
    Look at sprinters they have a good amount of muscle. Marathon runners often look like they have very little muscle and often look like they have a wasting disease.
    Very good example!
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