30 Mar '16, 4pm

What happens when you throw workout pacing out the window?

What happens when you throw workout pacing out the window?

When you’re doing an interval session, does it matter how you pace the intervals? Or is your overall power output (or, for runners, overall time) the only thing that matters? A new study from researchers at Murdoch Unviersity in Australia, published in the International Journal of Sports Medicine , tackles this question with a neat (and gut-busting) workout. The study involved 15 cyclists doing three variations on a simple workout: 3 x 3:00 hard separated by 3:00 of active recovery. The first version of the workout was “all-out,” meaning that they started each interval as hard as they could and then held on—a very painful way of doing it! The second and third versions of the workout both involved matching the average power output that the subject achieved in the all-out intervals, but doing it with even pacing. (One version required the cyclists to set their own cadences t...

Full article: http://www.runnersworld.com/sweat-science/all-out-interva...

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