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  • #31
    Originally posted by bemental View Post
    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).
    OMG, swimming sprints are killer! And way easier on the knees/ankles.

    Two thumbs up!

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    • #32
      Originally posted by DeeDub View Post
      OMG, swimming sprints are killer! And way easier on the knees/ankles.

      Two thumbs up!
      I'm always so absolutely smoked after swimming sprints, but then just tired and hungry the rest if the day.
      Yes, I'm a real person.

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      • #33
        Poliquin Live Tip 540: The Best Sprint Program To Build Muscle & Lose Fat

        Anybody try this?

        The idea is to run 400, 300, 200 then 100 m sprints with 4 min, 3 min and 2 min rest between. Apparently, it makes sprinting more "psychologically tolerable" when you progress from longer to shorter distances.
        Last edited by miata; 09-12-2013, 03:30 PM. Reason: Corrected sec to min

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        • #34
          Originally posted by pace2race View Post
          It's just one important piece of the puzzle. Slow movement, which for a fit person could be jogging, is the base of the fitness pyramid. Doing one without the other, leaves you short of your potential. As for losing weight and fat, I agree that diet is 80% of success. It doesn't have to be all sprinting either. Do Tabatas with weights or exercise to compliment the sprinting. Just don't drop the slow, lower heart rate movement.

          It boggles my mind how many on this primal forum don't get this or (apparently) disagree with it.

          OP has no need to be sprinting yet. Probaly shouldn't even be running. Should be working up to logging 2-5 hours of low intensity cardio which is probably walking.

          Does that even sound familiar to anybody?

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          • #35
            Originally posted by miata View Post
            Anybody try this?

            The idea is to run 400, 300, 200 then 100 m sprints with 4 sec, 3 sec and 2 seconds rest between. Apparently, it makes sprinting more "psychologically tolerable" when you progress from longer to shorter distances.
            Miata, thanks for this link.
            I just did Sprint 8's the other day.
            30 seconds sprint, 2 mins. rest.

            I might try your interval next.
            400m is a full lap. That is a killer.

            By the way, it's not 4 sec, 3 sec and 2 seconds rest between!!!!
            It's 4 MINS, 3 MINS and 2 MINS rest between

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            • #36
              Originally posted by OnlyBodyWeight View Post
              By the way, it's not 4 sec, 3 sec and 2 seconds rest between!!!!
              It's 4 MINS, 3 MINS and 2 MINS rest between
              No wonder they were so hard :-(
              Yeah. Sorry about that. My brain and typing were disconnected.

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              • #37
                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.
                Same here, except I don't have piriformis syndrome or any other issues, other than this: I DESPISE sprinting, in any form. If I don't like a type of exercise, I'm not going to do it, and that's that. I'll walk, LHT, and do ballet-type exercises until the grass-fed cows come home, but I no longer force myself to perform an activity that's not suited to me or my personality.

                If you enjoy sprinting, that's great ~ it's simply not for me.
                Last edited by Pheebie; 09-12-2013, 03:08 PM.

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                • #38
                  I think the debate should be more about Intensity Vs Volume. Yes Sprints would be classed under Intensity but they are not suited to everyone and fortunately there are many other equally good substitutes.

                  Intervals for (almost) everyone

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                  • #39
                    Originally posted by OldSchhool View Post
                    I think the debate should be more about Intensity Vs Volume. Yes Sprints would be classed under Intensity but they are not suited to everyone and fortunately there are many other equally good substitutes.
                    I think it would be more appropriate to call it high-impact versus low-impact. Some physical activities generate a tremendous amount of force and are really not suited for people who have no intentions of competing or excelling at their sport. Sprints and ballistic training comes to mind.
                    Yeah, my grammar sucks. Deal with it!

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