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Interval training for performance: a scientific and empirical practice. Special recommendations for middle- and long-distance running. Part I: aerobic interval training.
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PMID:  11219499     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
This article traces the history of scientific and empirical interval training. Scientific research has shed some light on the choice of intensity, work duration and rest periods in so-called 'interval training'. Interval training involves repeated short to long bouts of rather high intensity exercise (equal or superior to maximal lactate steady-state velocity) interspersed with recovery periods (light exercise or rest). Interval training was first described by Reindell and Roskamm and was popularised in the 1950s by the Olympic champion, Emil Zatopek. Since then middle- and long- distance runners have used this technique to train at velocities close to their own specific competition velocity. In fact, trainers have used specific velocities from 800 to 5000m to calibrate interval training without taking into account physiological markers. However, outside of the competition season it seems better to refer to the velocities associated with particular physiological responses in the range from maximal lactate steady state to the absolute maximal velocity. The range of velocities used in a race must be taken into consideration, since even world records are not run at a constant pace.
L V Billat
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Sports medicine (Auckland, N.Z.)     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0112-1642     ISO Abbreviation:  Sports Med     Publication Date:  2001  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-02-21     Completed Date:  2001-04-26     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8412297     Medline TA:  Sports Med     Country:  New Zealand    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  13-31     Citation Subset:  IM    
Faculty of Sport Science, University Lille, France.
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MeSH Terms
Exercise / physiology*
Oxygen Consumption / physiology
Physical Education and Training / methods*
Physical Endurance / physiology
Physical Exertion / physiology*
Research Design
Running / physiology*
Sensitivity and Specificity
Time Factors

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