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Topic: TrainingThe new items published under this topic are as follows.
Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, March 16, 2005 - 04:15 AM 1012 Reads
Making Workouts Work
by John Paul
Being physically inactive is as damaging to your health as smoking cigarettes. A majority of North Americans shun smoking because of the health implications. Why, then, aren't more people willing to exercise?
Part of the reason may be the word "exercise." Exercise seems to imply rigid, "no-fun" workouts that make us huff and puff and sweat. Workouts also can be time-consuming: It's hard to find time in a busy day to get to a gym, change, work out, shower, change again, and drive home. Unfortunately, for many us, exercise is viewed as an impractical burden that complicates rather than complements a busy life.
But there is another option. Moderate physical activities like brisk walking can promote health nearly as much as vigorous workouts. This means we can set aside the boot-camp mentality in favor of physical activities that are less demanding and more enjoyable.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, March 15, 2005 - 05:25 AM 1145 Reads
Strength And Fitness Training: Facts And Opinions
by Steve Jarrell
March 5, 2005
How is your New Year's fitness program going? Did you make that January jump into the gym, only to find yourself floundering in February and facing a 'meltdown' in March? Steady yourself, grab your favorite beverage and read the first of my new series of articles for the Chattanoogan.com.
You have all heard the expression, "talk is cheap". This series of 'talks' are so cheap-they are free! How often do you get free and PROFESSIONAL advice in the fitness business? If I may define free as being without price, then hopefully this "priceless" series of articles will be a valuable source of safe and sensible advice about strength and fitness training.
Ten Facts and Solid Opinions That May Help You
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, March 12, 2005 - 04:10 AM 1141 Reads
Turbo Charging with Tempo Runs
By T.J. Murphy
A tempo run is most commonly defined as a 20 to 25-minute run conducted at a specific intensity and pace targeted at zapping the runner's anaerobic threshold system. If a runner has developed a solid aerobic base, the tempo run (conducted at least once a week over a span of four to six weeks) will bring all the good stuff online, opening up an athlete's ability to run at fast paces for long periods of time while improving efficiency and mechanics ' and injecting a massive boost of confidence. After a month or so of implementing tempo runs in your training, racing becomes something you not only want to do, but something you must do. For those with ambitions of running well at road distances from the 5K to the marathon, the tempo run is an indispensable weapon that is deliciously effective and easy to use.
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Posted by: pshields on Friday, March 11, 2005 - 07:54 AM 3802 Reads
The Case for High Mileage
By Competitor Publishing
In 1960, three New Zealand runners, Murray Halberg, Peter Snell and Barry Magee, packed up their spikes and went to the Rome Olympics. All three were simple neighborhood boys discovered by a shoe cobbler (and fitness nut) by the name of Arthur Lydiard, and all three would take medals home from the Games. After Lydiard, at the age of 87, passed away in December of last year, Magee talked at the funeral about the start that Lydiard gave him in the sport, one that would set him on course to win the bronze medal in the marathon he earned in Rome. It was around the time that Magee was grieving from his father's death, Magee recalled, when Lydiard encouraged him to give running a serious go.
"He changed tragedy into triumph, and he changed me from a nobody into a champion," says Magee. Magee was just the beginning: Lydiard has a huge and positive effect on runners ' and on the lives of runners ' around the globe.
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Posted by: pshields on Thursday, March 10, 2005 - 07:46 AM 5659 Reads
Stair climbing becomes popular urban sport
Tuesday, March 8, 2005
By JULIE DEARDORFF
CHICAGO - Taking a deep breath to quell the butterflies, Jon Blackburn warmed up before his race up the tallest skyscraper in the country. He lightly stretched his hamstrings. He jiggled his quads. And when he reached the starting doorway, Blackburn gazed up the stairwell and thought, "I can do this."
It was November 2003, but just a year earlier walking up the 2,109 steps to the top of the Sears Tower in Chicago might have killed Blackburn. The Indianapolis engineer weighed 340 pounds and suffered from sleep apnea, high blood pressure and low back pain. He lost his breath carrying in the groceries.
But then Blackburn stumbled onto the obscure urban sport of stair climbing, which has been embraced by runners who love its cross-training benefits and weekend warriors looking for a winter diversion.
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Posted by: pshields on Wednesday, March 09, 2005 - 06:51 AM 983 Reads
Join the marathon craze
08 March 2005
THE marathon season is almost upon us, with the popular London event just six weeks away.
If you are running this year, your training will be well advanced by now, but there are also several half marathons which are held up and down the country which attract beginner runners or those who don't race regularly.
You need to approach a half marathon with the same principle you would a full marathon. Although it is only half the distance, your body will still have to go through the same exertions during the training process.
Depending on your level of fitness, you should allow yourself six to 12 months to train before the event.
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Posted by: pshields on Tuesday, March 08, 2005 - 09:11 AM 1032 Reads
Ready to run? Simple regimen, patience, motivation are good first steps
March 7, 2005
The screen door slams. Feet spring off the pavement, wind rushes through hair and arms swish.
Then comes the wheezing and heaving and gagging.
And it hasn't even been one block.
It's a common experience for beginning runners. Expectations are high, and starts are fast. But smart training and determination can eliminate beginners' blues. Upcoming local races can help new runners set goals, too.
"Physically, when I first started, it just seemed like a chore because it is work if you haven't been doing it," says Annie Johnson, a Sioux Falls resident.
Johnson started a running program recently after having a heart scare in December. By February, she began walking every day. Once she gets her doctor's approval, she hopes to complete a 5K in April.
Her training includes walking for five minutes, then running for two minutes.
Her careful approach is what experienced runners recommend.
Posted by: pshields on Monday, March 07, 2005 - 04:29 AM 1046 Reads
MotionBased Redefines Fitness Training by Integrating Heart Rate and GPS Data
Thursday, 03 March 2005
MotionBased Locates a New Dimension in Heart Rate Training
MotionBased Technologies, recipient of the 2004 Best of What's New Award from Popular Science, announced today the addition of heart rate data to its flagship web service, MotionBased. By adding this fitness metric to its GPS-enabled training application, MotionBased adds a new dimension to performance analysis. For the first time, users can synchronize heart rate with geographic location and view their performance on interactive maps and reports.
As a partner with Garmin International, Inc. (www.garmin.com), a leader in consumer GPS markets, MotionBased has exclusive communication with the recently introduced Forerunner 301, the latest addition to the company's line of GPS-enabled fitness products. The Forerunner 301 takes the popular form and function of the Forerunner 201 and adds a digitally coded heart rate monitor and several innovative features that provides the athlete with accurate speed, distance, pace and heart rate data.
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Posted by: pshields on Sunday, March 06, 2005 - 04:03 AM 1092 Reads
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Posted by: pshields on Saturday, March 05, 2005 - 04:04 AM 946 Reads
VO2: The Limiting Factor
An Alternative To Base Building Blues
Realizing one's athletic potential is the end product of a dedication to consistent, well-organized training practices that aim to induce peak athletic performance during specific competitions or phases of the annual training cycle. When working with athletes, I strive to create the most individualized, efficient training programs possible. To do so first and foremost requires me to understand the physiological attributes that a given athletic event or competition requires my athletes to possess. Failure to identify these 'key' fitness attributes can, and most likely will, contribute to inefficient training and sub par performance when the athlete needs it most. In this article, I will discuss one of the most important phases of an athlete's annual training progression, and clearly detail why so many other coaches and athletes fail to maximize athletic performance as a result of overlooking its importance.
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