October 13th, 2017

Here's What Speed-Endurance Training Offers

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a popular way to intensify your cardio day. Adding an anaerobic element to that HIIT workout might benefit athletes in a variety of sports, and a study published in the journal Medicina dello Sport tests this theory on soccer and basketball players as well as cyclists.
 
Forty-four athletes were tested before and after performing 8 weeks of maximum velocity sprint-endurance intervals twice a week. Active recovery periods started with a 1:2 work to rest ratio, progressing to 1:1 and finally a 2:1 ratio of work to rest.
 
Compared to before the program began, maximum oxygen uptake increased 0.8% to 6.5% with basketball players realizing the best results. Anaerobic threshold improved between 5.8% and 9.7% with no difference between types of athletes.