High intensity training

High intensity training

The dangers of overtraining – how much and for how long should an athlete intensively train?

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 […]

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Speed training – 1 mile

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, […]

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Interval training: including recovery periods in your workout means you can keep the intensity and volume of your training high

Planning your interval training programme is the key to achieving optimal results Splitting some of his training sessions into sets and repetitions is familiar territory for the serious track athlete who wants to run faster or boost endurance. Yet it can usefully be adapted for conditioning athletes in any sport. Once you understand the principles, […]

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