January 31st, 2012 1:19pm - Posted By: Adam St. Pierre MS and Rob Pickels MS
Going hard or going fast… you decide
Adam. St. Pierre, MS and Rob Pickels, MS
Interval training is an integral component of any training program. To compete at a high level you must do some high intensity workouts to prepare your body for the rigors of racing (especially if your training time is limited by other responsibilities like family, school, work, daylight, etc.). Many people fall into the trap of thinking that going hard, or elevating your heart rate, is the goal of an interval session; instead, the goal of interval workouts should be to go fast, not hard.
Envision this scenario… You are on the start line of your next race, be it a criterium, a 5km, or a marathon. The gun goes off and everybody takes off. You start doing jumping jacks. Your heart rate increases. You get your heart rate into the appropriate range for your race distance and hold it there. You are going hard, you ...
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