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Aerobic and anaerobic contribution to 5km time-trial running

Aerobic and anaerobic contribution to 5km time-trial running

The importance of  both LSD and HIT training for improved athletic performance are demonstrated in the research. Baumann et al. (2011) have conducted a neat study highlighting the importance of both aerobic and anaerobic fitness on 5km time-trial performance. A group of trained cross-country runners (n=13) were tested for repeated sprint ability (RSA 50m), maximal anaerobic speed,(…)

Enhancing maximal oxygen uptake in elite runners

Enhancing maximal oxygen uptake  in elite runners

Midgley et al 2006 performed a review of the literature analyzing various proposed methods for increasing the maximal oxygen uptake, VdotO(2max) in trained distance runners who had exhausted conventional adaptation. Numerous programs were found that extolled the benefits of training at 40-50%, 60-70%, above 80% and above 95% of VdotO(2max). However, upon completing the review,(…)

Fat oxidation in obese elderly patients

Fat oxidation in obese elderly patients

With times being what they are, people are both getting heavier and living longer. Solomon et al 2008 took 23 seniors with impaired glucose tolerance. Their base measurements (VO2max, insulin sensitivity, intramyocellular lipid accumulation and body composition) were all measured before the intervention. 78% completed the intervention of a restricted calorie diet and 1 hour(…)

HIIT vs. Sprints

HIIT vs. Sprints

Fernandez-Fernandez et al 2011 measured groups of competitive male tennis players. They showed that HIIT training increased VO2peak and tennis specific endurance but had no effect on jumping or sprinting. Repeated sprint training demonstrated an increase in VO2peak but not as large as the HIIT. It did improve jumping and sprinting abilities but only had(…)

High Intensity Interval Training

High Intensity Interval Training

Since Tabata et al’s 1996 study demonstrating that high intensity interval training improved both anaerobic and aerobic capacity, intervals have come back into vogue. Many athletes are running sprints and lactate threshold training is becoming more commonplace. While Dr. Tabata’s team measured the effects the different exercise programs (cycling at 70% of VO2max for 60min(…)