High intensity training

Interval training: how to improve your fitness and increase...

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Owen Anderson explains why training at intensities above 90% VO2max is one of the most potent routes to fitness Cyclists, swimmers, rowers, cross-country skiers, orienteers, triathletes and runners all engage in interval training in order to increase the amount of time they spend exercising at very high intensities. A runner scampering along without stopping at... MORE

Intense training versus volume training

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A new German study confirms that increasing intensity works better than upswings in volume For years we’ve been preaching in these pages about the merits of cranking up the intensity of your training rather than pressing the high-volume button. That philosophy is based on an avalanche of research showing that high-intensity work is best for... MORE

Improve your distance-running performance

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Explosive type strength training enhances distance-running performance One of the most fundamental rules of training is specificity; if you want to train for an event, your training should replicate the demands of that event. The rule of specificity arises because different events tend to rely on different energy systems in the body (which need to... MORE

How red-hot interval training fires up performance in seasoned...

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Use a blend of these interval training techniques for maximum endurance gains High-intensity interval training is known to boost endurance performance, but not much is known about which type of high-quality interval training produces the largest performance gains, especially in well-trained athletes. The optimal intensity and duration of intervals, as well as the length of... MORE

Aerobic system: interval training to improve fitness

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You can vary the intensity, the work period and the rest period but which combination is most effective? Interval training is a well-known method for improving fitness. Technically, it is defined as high-intensity intermittent exercise. In an interval session, high-intensity periods of work are interspersed with rest intervals. In this way athletes can cover more... MORE

Increasing speed: short intervals

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Athletes use short intervals to increase speed, add variety to their workouts, and improve anaerobic power and lactic-acid tolerance, but short-interval sessions aren’t without problems One of the key short-interval puzzlers is finding the combination of intensity, work-interval length and recovery-interval duration which will have the greatest impact on fitness. Fortunately, scientists at the University... MORE

Emergency training – cycling training

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If you need to get into competitive shape fast, follow the example of these South African cyclists Most athletes have a ‘base-building’ period during their training year, during which their intensity of exercise is kept fairly moderate while their volume (number of minutes or miles per week of training) is gradually increased. The purpose of... MORE

V02max training programmes

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If you want to win, train at a high percentage of VO2max The world’s leading work physiologists agree that about one-third of the total weekly mileage should be devoted to work between 80 and 100 per cent of V02max. All this is very well, but supposing the athlete has never raced many of these distances... MORE

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