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Questions tagged [sprinting]

Sprints are short running events in athletics and track and field. Races over short distances at maximum speeds are among the oldest running competitions.

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Burning calories by running with break vs without break

I have a question about which way of training would burn more calories. I will try to run as fast as I can for 5m without taking breaks. I will try to run as fast as I can for 1m, then I take a break ...
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Lower back tightness after sprinting: strengthening?

After I sprint (usually 100m) for about an hour with breaks, I tend to feel tightness in my mid-to-lower back around the spinal cord. I am wondering if this is a symptom of a weakness (if so, how do I ...
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Impact of cardio during caloric surplus (Bulking phase)

In two weeks: 5 sessions of intense cardio (sprinting) of 15 minutes each; 9 sessions of moderate to heavy lifting of 45 minutes to 1 hour each. This is my planned schedule, all of it during a ...
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What EXACTLY do I do to get my resting heart rate down to below 40? [closed]

I tried sprinting for a month and it didn't budge. Now I'm doing long-distance running, but I absolutely hate it. I just want to get my heart rate down to an athletic level as quickly as possible so I ...
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Is there an accurate way to assess the fast/slow-twitch muscle fiber ratio in your legs?

I've been running on and off for the past 12 years, having originally started in high school with XC. Given that fact, I've typically always been interested in running longer distances, however, ...
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Should I start breathing deep immediately starting a sprint

After my warm up, I have a relatively low breathing rate. When I begin to sprint should I start breathing quickly and deeply immediately or wait until I'm just out of oxygen? If I start deep ...
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What muscles are responsible for the flight phase of running?

Google says the flight time achieved while running is the largest difference between athletes and us commoners, so I'd like to focus on these muscles alittle. What muscles do we use to launch off the ...
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What pair of muscles provides the most power for running?

Generally alot of muscles are involved when you are running according to Google, but which one provides the most power?
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Should sprinting be a part of 10x800m or similar speed work?

Sprinting is an all out effort with the longest stretch of distance being about 600m. When doing speedwork with interval distances greater than 600m should a portion of the distance be done at a ...
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What is Limiting Factor in Running Fast? [closed]

Say a person can do a 400m run in 1:00, but is unable to do a 1600m in 4:00. What is most likely the main limiting factor in this? What is holding back being able to keep going at this pace for longer?...
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How do you use a heart rate monitor for track workouts and speed work?

McMillan running calculator states that your heart rate for speed work should be +90%maxHR. My heart rate takes about 45 seconds to rise from resting during track workouts. Should it peak at +90%...
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Should I train at what I want my best to be?

To see results should I train where I want my result to be? For example, on Tuesdays part of my workout is 8 x 100m @ 90% effort. Should I run at my 90%, or what I want my 90% to be? This is something ...
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What are the most common interval workout routines?

For interval runs what are the common types of workouts for runners training for distances of 5km or more? Example 10 repeats of 800 meters with 200 meter rests or 10x 200m with rests until HR drops ...
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How do calories per distance vary with speed: walking, running, and sprinting?

In The Story of the Human Body on p. 85, it claims that running an equal distance at two different speeds uses equal calories: In fact, a running human's legs store and release energy so ...
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What movements differ between the appearance of running casual and running fast?

This sounds like a very specific question, but Im only interested in the reason for the general or common impressions I hear on my running form. What I hear much of the time is that I appear to be ...
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Are running track lap distances standard? What are they?

I'd like to know what the lap distances are for each lane on a standard running track. I saw marks for a mile and other distances but didn't really look for it while I was there. Are the lane ...
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Why include sprint workouts in a training program focused on long distance?

I never did a set of sprints for a running routine/workout until this week. The workout didn't kick my butt as much as the recovery which is still going on, so I'm really looking for reasons to keep ...
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Speed, Endurance, Pace off the Mark

My main sport is field hockey. I really want to become a faster runner as well as improve my endurance and my pace off the mark. What are some exercises/things I must do to achieve this? If anyone ...
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Is my training regime going to build muscle mass?

I'm aiming to build muscle mass by going to the outdoor gym in my area. This is the routine I've been doing for the last few months Saturday 5 sets of 10 pull ups 5 sets of 25 push ups Sunday 5 ...
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Sprinting and weight lifting

TL:DR I want to do one day weights, next day sprint, repeat. Viable? Is lifting weights every second day, and sprinting every alternate second day a viable plan? I am 6ft tall at 78kg(172lb), and do ...
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If you can run short distance fast then can it be extended for longer distances without dropping off?

If you can run one mile in 5:30 then are you guaranteed to be able to extend that pace to 5k, 10k, half marathon, or marathon distance? Ignoring time needed for exercising and building up for the ...
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Time yourself at 100m sprint?

I'd like to time myself at 100m sprint, does anyone know of a bit of kit or app that does this? I'm not a member of a running club, I'd just be curious as to what my time would be. I know that there ...
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I still kinda have a cramp from when I ran [closed]

So in gym class we had to run for 12min and I did 2.3km during that time. At the end I had a really bad cramp, but when she said 1min left, I still sprinted during the hole time. At the end I had a ...
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What are the optimal sets/reps for gaining speed?

For example, in strength training it is relatively common knowledge that if you want to see your lifts go up, you should focus on doing 3-5 sets of 5 relatively heavy reps, with 3-4 minutes rest in ...
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Sprint training for long distance

I am going to participate in a half marathon in the 1st week of July and 3/4 Ironman in the 2nd week of July. I am training 11 sessions a week. 8 sessions of swimming with lot of floor exercises ...
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Change in eating habits from Half Marathon to 6 mile

For a half marathon I spent the week before carb loading and hydrating. I'm running a 6 mile soon and would like some 5Km races too. How should I change my diet for different length races? Should ...
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Why does cardio/aerobic exercise lead to muscle loss?

Recently, I've been reading a lot about how cardio reduces muscle mass and strength. The following is an excerpt from crossfit.com that seems to sum up what I've been reading: Aerobic training ...
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Using a stopwatch for intervals

I have a 30 lap/split memory stopwatch that I got for doing sprints. I thought it would be a little more intuitive, but it doesn't look like stopwatches are really meant to capture what I'm trying to ...
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Recommended timing for Tabata sprints to supplement olympic lifts

I'm using one of the Texas Method variants. I want to add tabata sprints to my weekly workout. The question is, when? My choices are: Monday. I'm already doing 5x5 at 80% of squats, bench, power ...
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Training for the 40 yard dash

I'm trying to do some fairly simple training to get more in shape for a local informal football league, and from what I have read, the 40 yard dash is a good routine to practice to help improve both ...
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Why do sprinters have muscular arms?

I would like to know why all Olympic sprinters have muscular arms. They probably have muscular arms to help them sprint, but the reason is unclear. These are the two paradoxes I cannot fathom: Heavy ...
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Hamstrings and running intervals

I've started doing some running intervals/speedwork and notice that my hamstrings get pretty sore afterwards. I do some off-day stretching, although I probably could do more. Should I push ahead and ...
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How to warm up for sprinting

I have never sprinted before, so I have never done any warm ups or know of proper form for sprinting. I am asking for advice as I want to minimise the possibility of injury.
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What are some exercises for glutes and iliopsas that don't require equipment?

As mentioned in a previous question I am a 100/200m sprinter. I have, what I consider to be, a strong body for my sport (stats at the bottom of the post). Two muscle groups that I am looking to ...