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  • So that's what sprinting feels like...

    I THOUGHT I'd been sprinting all this time... I was wrong. Prior to today, my sprinting sessions involved tabata intervals of some kind, on a rower, with a kettlebell, doing bodyweight moves, what have you. Today, out of curiosity, I went outside and did traditional sprints back and forth in front of my house. Totally different feeling! Running flat out at max capacity, with no equipment, no timer, just my body pushing itself to its limit, was incredible. And not easy. I was pretty wasted by the end of 10 10sec sprints, with 90sec rest in between. My legs and arms were shaky all afternoon.

    Anyone want to share their favorite post-sprinting-session meal? I had mini-burgers with hot sauce and pickles, and coconut-lime steamed kale on the side.

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    yeah, while some exercises are worth the time, sprinting is clearly superior, try it on an incline next time, not only is it safer (less chance of face planting) it's more physically demanding so in my opinion it's better all around. It also makes you lightning fast when sprinting on flat ground. It's basically the same thing as doing weighted movements, then doing those without weights.

    Though I don't sprint as much as I should, I believe it's a great fat loss tool when not over-done, the 1x/week Mark recommends is just right.

    As far as post workout, I can't eat immediately after, I like to wait at the very least an hour, but since I do it in the mornings I actually end up waiting maybe 3-4 hours and just eat lunch as per usual. It's probably a good time to have a high carb/low fat meal though. Edit: Forgot to mention that you SHOULD wait at least an hour to allow the HGH to do it's thing, that is: burn fat and promote muscle growth and then eat. Eating right away causes insulin release and all the HGH goes away. If you're using sprinting as a fat loss tool primarily, you want to wait at least an hour before eating anything.
    Last edited by iniQuity; 02-01-2012, 04:32 PM.
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    • #3
      Yes! I remember someone on here said that running in place really fast worked just as well. I thought there was no way they'd ever tried proper sprinting.
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      • #4
        very nice....I used kettlebells and did tabata and stuff with them and thought those were sprints....then I put on some cleats and did some real sprints like what you did.

        Sitting on the john, walking, picking up a pen off the floor, putting on socks all sucked the next day!

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        • #5
          You have now flown. Never forget the power of your wings and the rapture of wind on your face.

          Yes, it should leave you panting like a pathetic puppy and unable to operate the clutch in your car without strong mental focus to stop the shaking foot.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Knifegill View Post
            You have now flown. Never forget the power of your wings and the rapture of wind on your face.

            Yes, it should leave you panting like a pathetic puppy and unable to operate the clutch in your car without strong mental focus to stop the shaking foot.
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            • #7
              Love it. And yes, that is exactly how I felt.

              I can already feel the protestations of my hamstrings. Don't worry, hammies, I'm doing this because I love you.

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              • #8
                Because I wear VFF's, I don't like sprinting ON the track. So I sprint off of it. The imperfections around the track make me feel like I'm actually escaping something, like in PB. But I still go at a pace I think I can sustain. I like picking my next foothold in a split second.

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                • #9
                  yes. sprinting kicks ass. my favorite is barefoot on a soccer field; actually, that's my favorite workout. i'm not particularly fond of wanting to vomit after my last couple of runs, but i feel amazing afterward. like iniquity said, try some hill sprints if you can. it's a whole other experience that can make you want to cry. i actually like when i find a park where i can mix in hill sprints and flat sprints, all barefoot if possible. Mark's fitness ebook also has some great sprint variations you can try out.

                  post workout meal: i don't really eat right after sprinting. i usually just sit and notice how my body feels for a while, walk/jog or drive home, play with the dog for a bit, then just get cooking a regular primal meal (my first of the day).
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                  • #10
                    I sprint almost everyday. LOVE IT.
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                    • #11
                      About the only thing I've found that I can do inside that gets me as winded as quickly is burpees... That's what I do when I can't bring myself to go outside in the rain.

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                      • #12
                        Yea. There really is no exercise like it. I don't do sprints right now because of fatigue/energy reasons and the fact that it is winter here, but i'm excited to get back into them come spring. I can't think of anything else that brings your entire body together for one intense movement. The funny thing is that a lot of animals "spring" every single day. Its called "running for your life" or "catching your dinner" =)
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                        • #13
                          I do sprints from time to time on some soccer fields near where I live, usually 100 yards, then rest a few minutes, then go back down the field, etc, for a total of 4 100 yard sprints. Beforehand, I usually walk along the area where I will be sprinting just to be sure that there are no places where I might trip or twist and ankle. I usually wear VFF or Chuck Taylors. I may not do them as much if I get in some good kettlebell or biking sprints during the week as I think sprinting too much may be counterproductive. I always get the hair ball in my lung sensation for awhile later where I can really feel it. I only get that with intense kettlebell workouts and very rarely with biking.

                          I have found that I have almost pulled my hamstrings a few times when the weather is colder. What all do you do to warmup your hamstrings beforehand?

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                          • #14
                            I actually liked swim-sprints more in fins than running, because when I run I always afraid to fall down, and when I set the pool to boiling I feel completely supported, and so fast it is awesome, and, yeah, it's warm. 6 lengths was enough to just about kill me, and that's after 40 min swim that I thought was pretty good. I tell ya, going to steam room after that was a huge mistake, I pretty much nearly fainted because heart could not take the double whammy. 6 bloody length. That's 150 m. And it doesn't hurt my feet (but burns calves to crisp). I bought those short triathlon fins, Zoomers, they are amazing! But i also just bought bikalas, so I am going to see if my feet can take sprints on a field But today I am swimming sprints, yay!
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                            • #15
                              I've been doing sprints on my exercise bike due to crappy weather and lungs that hate the cold.

                              You've all just convinced me I need to take on the hill outside my front door. Must... fly....
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