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High Intensity Interval Training: An Introduction

This piece probably should have been written three months ago, just as the weather began to turn wet, not while we’re in the middle of the winter. Despite that, the information here might still be valuable, and there’s nothing to say that interval training isn’t useful in the summer months as well. Consider your average 5km run on the trails behind Quest: you know your loop well, the elevation gain/loss is fairly minimal, and you can cruise it in between 20 and 35 minutes. Maybe you’ve started to get complacent, and what was once hard when you started running is now second nature. While it is good to see progression, that progression might have plateaued, and you don’t feel like you’re getting out of the run what you used to. Moreover, it’s cold, wet, and slippery: far from prime jogging conditions. One way crush this plateau might be to turn to high intensity interval training, or HIIT for short. The framework for HIIT is simple, and the benefits of consistent practice have immense potential. Brief, …