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How to Recover Between Race Seasons

I recently talked  with an English man who has a teenage daughter on a College track scholarship in the USA. His daughter returned home to the UK for 8 weeks for her winter break. As is common in the US College system, his daughter had started racing every weekend,...

Icing on the Cake Training

One sharp-eyed respondent to my recent post about aerobic training complementing anaerobic training posted “Arthur Lydiard said that anaerobic training was just the icing on the cake”. That is exactly so. The Great Man said it for a good reason. Anaerobic training by...

Specific Anaerobic Preparation for a Middle Distance Event

Middle distance races like 800 metres or 1500 metres are quite demanding, because they require the athlete to be primed aerobically and anaerobically at the same time. There is simply no getting away from raw speed and anaerobic glycolytic training (lactate tolerance...

The Benefits of Going Steady

The Benefits of Going Steady

There is ample evidence around to demonstrate that a concerted period of low-intensity training volume, well within your comfort levels, results in significant increase in CAPILLARISATION within the trained muscle. There is also ample evidence showing that the body...

Sugar Burners and Fat Burners

It is sometimes very surprising to find out who is a sugar-burner and who isn’t. Even professed hard-core endurance sports exponents at the elite level, who have been training over long distances for years, can be big-time sugar-burners. Click Here to watch You Tube...

Fat-Adapted Exercise

Most well-trained endurance athletes can run at speeds approaching their anaerobic threshold for nearly two hours. After two hours, the body’s glycogen stores get rapidly depleted. Major Problem Number One: The tiny fuel tank The limiting factor for all endurance...

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...

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...

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...

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