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Fartlek Training: How to do it and what it does

Fartlek training is very simple but can be confusing because it seems so different or even weird. The main thing to remember with fartlek training is that it is completely random. It involves a combination of all the previously mentioned methods of training. This training can combine easy running with either hill work, or short fast bursts of speed for short time periods, with walking for long periods. There really are no rules to follow, just make sure you are changing things throughout the training session. The point is to constantly keep your body in a state of shock so it can not adapt to one training method.

There are a few effects that fartlek training will have on your body. First is the enhanced ability for your muscles to use oxygen. Your body will also have a faster clearing rate of lactic acid build up. You will also increase your fuel utilization and your exercise economy, or your body’s ability to go at higher speeds and use less energy.

Matt KirchnerAbout this Author

After graduating from the National Personal Training Institute (NPTI) in Richmond Heights Ohio, Mat sat for and passed the test to earn his CSCS (certified strength and conditioning specialist). After spending over one and a half years of training in a gym setting, and becoming and instructor at NPTI, Matt started MK Fitness as a one-on-one or small group personal training company.

True enjoyment comes from activity of the mind and exercise of the body; the two are united.


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