Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Athletes Training For Power Need High Intensity Cardio Exercise

Athletes training for speed and power should do a variation of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) cardio exercise.

Doing too much distance running will not allow the athlete to reach her or his maximum speed and power potential. Also, HIIT is the best way to burn fat in the shortest amount of time as well as increase VO2 Max. All that's needed is 20 minutes per session.

Here is an example of how HIIT could work for an athlete:

After a proper dynamic warmup, sprint for 10-15 seconds and walk for 1 minute. The sprint has to be at maximum effort. Do this rotation for 20 minutes.

To continually challenge the athlete, progress this cardio exercise to surfaces such as inclines, hills and stadium steps. Weighted resistance, such as vest, could also be used. Its just that simple! And that tough!

Try it the next time you do your cardio training. It will help your athletic performance.

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  1. Great info. Interval training is very important for any fitness routine to be effective.

  2. Thanks for the visit and comment Kara!


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