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    My time for exercise just got tighter and I'll be utilizing more sprints, but I know little about the technical aspects. Any good, practical info out there for an amateur? Preferably not overly complicated, just a little deeper than "run fast" lol.


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    Although some people think that Mercola is a quack (and I admit that my opinion of him has declined), I think this article has good info: High-Intensity Interval Training 101 | HIIT Benefits

    I mean, in general, what you want to do is run really fast for either a set distance (like 200 meters or 400 meters) or a set time (like 30 seconds), and then rest (walk/jog) for some amount of time. Usually, if you're doing time intervals where the work interval is less than a minute, a good place to start is to use a 1:3 ration for work:rest. So if you sprint for 30 seconds, you would rest for 90 seconds, then sprint another 30 seconds, rest 90 seconds, etc. You should do between 4 to 8 intervals.

    You can also do these on a stationary bike or rowing machine if you don't feel like running.

    ETA: Mark has said somewhere that you should eat more carbs the day before doing sprints in order to fill up your glycogen stores. He said something along the lines of: there's no point to doing a glycogen-depleting workout if you don't have any glycogen to deplete or something like that. I'll try to find it.

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    Actually, Mark has some good articles on sprinting that are probably better than the Mercola one I linked to above:

    Sprint – Workout Suggestions | Mark's Daily Apple

    Why Sprinting is Essential | Mark's Daily Apple

    After a quick search, I can't find where Mark said the thing about glycogen, but I'm really pretty sure that he did. Back in my low carb days, I always made sure to eat more carbs before sprints cuz Mark said that you could develop metabolic problems if sprinting in a glycogen-depleted state. Maybe someone else can find the article in which he says this.

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    Cool, good start! I'll read those after baby appointment, thanks!


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    When you're at work doing a night shift, can you shoot across the empty hallways whenever the feeling hits?

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    When you're at work doing a night shift, can you shoot across the empty hallways whenever the feeling hits?
    Yes, there are abandoned floors I can sprint on. But if I got a cramp there, nobody could help me.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Knifegill View Post
    Yes, there are abandoned floors I can sprint on. But if I got a cramp there, nobody could help me.
    You're still getting cramps?

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    You're still getting cramps?
    Actually, no, not at all. I've even worked out too hard, and was fully expecting them - and it didn't happen. But I'm still wary. I sprint near home so I can yell for help, lift heavy things at work in the gym for the same reason. Just playing it safe. I think once my endurance is up from sprinting, cycling and - if I keep it up - running, then I might gain more confidence. It just hasn't been long enough since my last cramp. It's been maybe three years? The memory of such excruciation persists. Maybe if my legs weren't useless pillars of inflexible muscle mass I'd be better off. Running will take mass off, I'm looking forward to that, to be honest.

    Unless the sprinting balances out the running and my caloric excess proceeds to add bulk. but kind of at the same time.


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    Wow, if it were me getting cramps I would have started again after half a year LOL. You are a careful one.

    Well, you could just sprint for 5 seconds a day and move up slowly, to be safe? I mean, the worst thing that could happen is that your pain comes back and you're working at a damn hospital to receive immediate care, anyway XD

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