Heart rate training zones Karvonen formula

Improve Your Heart Rate Training Zones With The Karvonen Formula

Heart rate training zones provide a very accessible and effective way to measure, monitor, and assess how hard you are training. Think of them as a way to quantify the physiological stress of exercise. Essentially, they allow you to monitor and control your exercise intensity by keeping your heart rate within specific training zones.  Heart …

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Downhill running training for strength

Research Focus: The Surprising Strength Benefits of Downhill Running

As runners, we are constantly looking for novel ways to increase performance. Searching for workouts that will produce big results and take our running to new heights. Often we fixate on finding tougher, more challenging workouts — more intense, higher resistance, longer duration, etc — to achieve bigger and better training effects.  Strength training is …

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Sprint training for distance runners

Sprint Training: The Secret to Becoming a Faster Distance Runner

Think sprint training is just for sprinters? Think again.  If you’re a distance runner looking for a time effective and research proven training method, it’s time to consider adding in some sprint training. Not only will it improve your maximum running speed, strength, power and neuromuscular coordination; it will make you a faster and more efficient …

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Do Altitude Training Masks Work

DO ALTITUDE TRAINING MASKS ACTUALLY WORK?

Altitude training masks are designed to make breathing more difficult when exercising. The idea being that this strengthens your respiratory muscles and improves cardiovascular fitness and efficiency. It’s also claimed that they can simulate the effects of altitude training. But is that really the case? And do they provide any benefit for endurance athletes?… So, …

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Mindful Running

HOW MINDFUL RUNNING CAN MAKE YOU A FASTER RUNNER

Mindfulness has many positive effects on health (lowers stress, anxiety and depression, improves heart health, immune and brain function). It can also increase our ability to focus, and endure pain, or discomfort. Recently, research has also highlighted potential for improved endurance running performance. So, can mindful running make you a faster runner?… In this article, …

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7 Benefits of Cycling for Runners

7 BENEFITS OF CYCLING FOR RUNNERS

Considering adding in some cycling to your running plan? If you’re a runner looking to reduce injury risk, enhance recovery and increase running speed, then cycling is a great option. As runners, it’s easy to overlook the benefits of cross training. It’s logical to prioritise run training. This makes sense, since training should be specific. And you …

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Running Symmetry and efficiency

Ground contact time balance: why symmetry improves running efficiency

If you want to improve running efficiency and become a faster runner: then pay attention to your running symmetry. That’s the findings of a recent study, published in the International Journal of Exercise Science. In this article we’ll look at: Running symmetry and why it’s important How to assess it using ground contact time balance …

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