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Heart Rate Training

To work out your training intensities, I believe that the Karvonen method is the best. It relies on your own maximal heart rate and lowest resting heart rate to define intensities. This is all outlined in my book, Healthy Intelligent Training, however we’ll go over this again in brief.   Finding your maximal Heart Rate: […]

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Endurance Training Explained: Part 3

OK: what we haven’t gone through so far is that the body seems to respond best to ‘regular variety’ in ‘aerobic’ conditioning. In other words, experimentation by Arthur Lydiard and his athletes over many years indicated that as long as the great majority of exercise was well within the realms of comfort, without distress, then […]

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Endurance Training Explained: Part 2

At this stage, we have only discussed the muscle fibres being exercised in a general sense. They’re not all in the runner’s legs. The great secret that seems to be ignored by most writers is that muscles are really organs with a nerve supply and a blood supply, like any other. All organs have a […]

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Endurance Training Explained: Part 1

Somewhere I said that if an idea wasn’t simple enough to be written down on a matchbox, then it was probably too complicated to get across. So, on that premise, my ‘matchbox’ contribution is that the total volume of low-intensity aerobic base training completed before a peak racing season dictates high-intensity anaerobic outcomes as we […]

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Much Ado About Nothing?

In my book I explore the numerous successful applications of the ‘Lydiard System’, using recent exercise physiology findings to explain how this heavily endurance-weighted philosophy was so successful, and still is, over 50 years down the track. After over two years of combing through the literature, and grilling New Zealand Olympic medallists and their coaches about […]

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The Lydiard System Training Pyramid

For the purposes of my book and my lecture series, I’ve described Arthur Lydiard’s work as progressively moving up and down a pyramid of training intensities and levels, until the hardest and most intense work is done before the most important competition. This approach is now common to all sports with an endurance component, and […]

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