Train less and smart and still improve your swimrun performance!
High-intensity intermittent training (HIIT) is an interval training exercise where you perform short periods of high-intensity training, which is followed by a much shorter and significantly low-intensity period. You basically repeat this until you are too tired to continue.
Normally, this way of training will take no more than 30 minutes, excluding warm-up and cool-off, which is excellent if you have little time to spare. HIIT works for everyone, beginner as well as pro. Just listen to you body and avoid pushing yourself over the top and risk pulling an injury.
Remember that motivation is key!
So, if you run to work every now and then, instead of just going straight in your regular tempo, try doing it the HIIT-way by breaking up the stretch into segments where you run fast, preferably on threshold-level, and walk in-between. The same goes for swimming. If you frequent the 25 meter lane, try to go fast the 1st 15-20 meters and then just glide towards the end catching your breath, and repeat.
According to the study, you’ll get distinct results in only 5-weeks time, all while training less! A win-win under many circumstances or as is concluded;
The major finding of the present study was that the inclusion of a HIIT-based running plan with a reduction in training volume /…/ increased athletic performance during a sprint-distance triathlon [both in swimming and running time]. Conversely, the triathletes from the CG [Control Group], who continued their usual high-volume and low-/moderate-intensity training program, did not experience significant changes in muscular performance parameters or racing times.
Remember that you can also use the HIIT training technique during the season as well, and here is why.
/The WoS Team
Read the full study here.
A HIGH INTENSITY INTERVAL TRAINING (HIIT) – BASED RUNNING PLAN IMPROVES ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE BY IMPROVING MUSCLE POWER
FELIPE GARCIA-PINILLOS, JOSE C. CAMARA-PEREZ, VICTOR M. SOTO-HERMOSO, PEDRO A. LATORRE-ROMA´N
This study aimed to examine the effect of a 5-week high-intensity intermittent training (HIIT)-based running plan on athletic performance and to compare the physiological and neuromuscular responses during a sprint-distance triathlon before and after the HIIT period. 2 groups: the experimental group (EG) and the control group (CG). The CG was asked to maintain their normal training routines, whereas the EG maintained only their swimming and cycling routines and modified their running routine.
No significant differences between groups were found before HIIT intervention. Significant group-by-training interactions were found in vertical jumping ability and athletic performance: the EG improved jumping performance, swimming performance and running time during the competition, whereas the CG remained unchanged
Low-volume, HIIT-based running plan combined with the high training volumes of these triathletes in swimming and cycling improved athletic performance during a sprint-distance triathlon.