High intensity training

Strength and endurance – can you master both at...

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For hundreds of thousands of years, humans have evolved to be either as strong or as tireless as possible, but not both. As Keith Baar explains, however, recent science has provided clues as to how to legally move past the obstacles that evolution put in the way of developing both strength and endurance  Traditionally, the... MORE

Maximising the anabolic response to training

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Nick Tiller presents six evidence-driven but seldom practised methods by which athletes can promote the anabolic process to maximise training adaptation, promote recovery and improve athletic performance. Anabolism is considered to be any state in which nitrogen is retained in lean body mass, and can occur via the stimulation of protein synthesis in the muscle... MORE

Sprint training: getting older, staying fast!

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As John Shepherd explains, the bad news is that speed declines with age; the good news is that you can arrest, even reverse, this degenerative process Of all the physiological variables, speed seems to get written off most quickly as we age. Football pundits make jokes about outfield players being ‘a few yards slower’ and... MORE

Interval training: good for health as well as performance

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Andrew Hamilton explains why interval training benefits performance at all levels of sport, and offers health benefits too… Interval training has traditionally been regarded as the preserve of elite athletes seeking enhanced performance. In recent years, however, evidence has begun to accumulate that intervals can benefit the performance of sportsmen and women at all levels... 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

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