High intensity training

Success in endurance sports such as running, cycling and triathlon requires the ability to sustain a fast pace, which means some high-intensity training. In this section, you’ll find information on the underlying principles involved, and how to integrate high-intensity work into your base endurance programme.

Interval training: good for health as well as performance

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Intervals benefit performance at all levels of sport Article at a glance Looks at the evidence for the efficacy of high-intensity exercise Explores the correlation between coronary heart disease and little exercise Examines how exercise can improve the symptoms of type-2 diabetes Interval training has traditionally been regarded as the preserve of elite athletes seeking... MORE

The dangers of overtraining – how much and for...

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Should the serious athlete give up high-intensity exercise? The serious athlete could be forgiven for thinking that he or she is training too hard, given the universal endorsement of moderate activity and the much publicised deaths of Jim Fixx, Marc-Vivien Foe, Reggie Lewis and other famous athletes (possibly linked to overtraining). Gary O’Donovan reviews the latest... MORE

Speed training: how hill running will make an athlete...

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Speed hill training improves performance in football, rugby, basketball, cricket – and even running I’m a big advocate of hill training, and most athletes – especially those who have reaped the rewards of running on hills – don’t question why. Occasionally, though, someone asks me what is really so great about this form of training.... MORE

Speed training – 1 mile

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If you want to improve your one-mile times, follow these speed-building workouts This month, Vincent Costa writes, ‘As a secondary-school miler who has run 4:55 for the mile, what type of speed workouts do I need in order to run 55 to 57 seconds for 400 metres? I’m hoping that by lowering my quarter-mile time,... MORE

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

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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 his/her current best 10k... MORE

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