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  • #16
    Well there is no doubt that sprints are beneficial exercise which not only increase your running capacity but also increase your stamina as well . Moreover, It is better to lose weight which is essential for increasing your energy and fitness level . Moreover, I would also be pleased to know from you about it .

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Hedonist2 View Post
      If sprints on land bother you, do them in the water like I do.
      Or on the water. Jesus style.

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      • #18
        I believe dr Doug mcguff says anaerobic work (like sprints?) is better because it can trigger cells to do their own aerobic work processing lactic acid for a couple of hours after your anaerobic work while you are resting/recovering.

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        • #19
          http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread56320.html

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          • #20
            Some great thoughts guy, thanks.

            Sprints don't bother me, I enjoy them in a strange kind of way (more a psychological enjoyment than physical at this stage!). The thing that was bothering me was the thought that I might be slacking by doing less exercise!

            I also forgot to mention that I am doing plenty of the slow stuff too. I don't drive so I walk many miles a week, but I don't really count it as exercise since it's normal to me. Us Brits seem to walk to get from A to B, much more than most Americans do. Even my fella who sold his car this week and had to walk to work for a few days, didn't complain about having to walk 3 extra miles each day, even though he walks a lot at work and hates walking recreationally.
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            Current weight: 205 lbs (July 2012)
            Loss so far: 33 lbs!!!
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            Movements: Hiking, sprinting.
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            • #21
              Originally posted by Jiigigaw View Post
              HOLY CRAZY SUCCESS-STORY, BATMAN!

              Way to go on the huge health leaps, Skorpion!
              **blinks**

              am i reading that right? over 100 pounds in less than 5 months? WOW!!!
              As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

              Ernest Hemingway

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              • #22
                Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                **blinks**

                am i reading that right? over 100 pounds in less than 5 months? WOW!!!
                Thanks!
                "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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                • #23
                  are you just eating air and broccoli? jeebus! that is astounding! you must feel like superman!
                  As I ate the oysters with their strong taste of the sea and their faint metallic taste that the cold white wine washed away, leaving only the sea taste and the succulent texture, and as I drank their cold liquid from each shell and washed it down with the crisp taste of the wine, I lost the empty feeling and began to be happy and to make plans.

                  Ernest Hemingway

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by noodletoy View Post
                    are you just eating air and broccoli? jeebus! that is astounding! you must feel like superman!
                    Haha, I'm actually not a fan of broccoli. I'll choke it down on occaision though. I'm more partial to a nice fatty piece of meat.

                    And yes, I do feel like Superman! Way more energy, and I just feel "good" in general.
                    "Don't waste your time, or time will waste you."

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                    • #25
                      Swimming

                      Originally posted by john_e_turner_ii View Post
                      Sprints are probably the only PB rule I no longer follow. Whether I did sprints outside, treadmill or did intervals on the stair-mill at high speed, they all would aggravate my piriformis syndrome. I can see how sprints are important and probably healthy, but if it hurts, then it's not worth it.
                      Did you happen to try swimming? I find that I seriously max out my muscles well before I get out of breath when conducting my sprints in the pool (horizontal body positioning, water cooling the body, etc).

                      While my knowledge of piriformis syndrome isn't great, you can absolutely swim various strokes or sprint without using your legs... not to mention merely "running" in the shallow end will provide plenty of resistance for you to get something out of the sprints.

                      Merely a suggestion!
                      Yes, I'm a real person.

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                      • #26
                        Sprinting is so much better because I refuse to run endlessly..

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                        • #27
                          Laughing out loud at the thought of "sprinting like an enraged hippo". Oh my god.
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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by little vase View Post
                            Laughing out loud at the thought of "sprinting like an enraged hippo". Oh my god.
                            Boom.
                            Yes, I'm a real person.

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                            • #29
                              Do you want to look like a sprinter, or a marathoner?

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by CaveWeirdo View Post
                                I've been running for 3 months and am still overweight so am easing into it slowly. After reading up on proper sprinting technique I started to cut out my longer runs and concentrate on doing shorter, faster sessions. I was regularly doing 3 and 5 kilometer trail runs before. I wouldn't say they were chronic cardio though, as I would always do them fartlek style - jogging a bit but mostly brisk walking. This week I've done 3 sessions of about 15 mins, where I walk a bit to warm up, sprint like an enraged hippo for about 70 meters, then walk till I've gotten my breath back, sprint again, etc.

                                My thinking behind this is to do with muscle fibers. To become good at sprinting, you do sprints to turn your neutral fibers into fast-twitch ones. Too much long distance running will turn them into slow-twitch fibers. I would like to be fast and bulky rather than being like a typical slim marathoner.

                                I feel kind of smug for running faster than the skinny joggers on my run, then letting them catch me up again when I walk/stagger with a red face while recovering from each sprint. I get the feeling that I must be doing the right thing for my health and for becoming faster, because sprinting feels hard. Hard in a good way of course, but still, much harder than doing a long, slow run. (If you don't think sprinting is hard, try doing it while carrying an extra 90lbs of flab!)

                                It's still difficult to get my head around though. My body feels knackered after my run today but my mind is still going - 'Surely running less than 3 miles per week isn't enough? Surely less than 15 minutes isn't a real exercise session?' Please share any evidence, anecdotal or scientific, for why sprinting is actually an awesome lifestyle hack, and not just wishful thinking?
                                You hit it right on the head. I've done both long distance and sprinting at competitive level - the training involved to be good at either is completely different. My body lends itself more towards sprints, that's for sure. I can pick up speed and power very fast, but my endurance is lacking :P
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