Cardiovascular training systems: Fartlek training

Fartlek is a Swedish term meaning ‘speed play’ and that is precisely what is done in this type of training – play around with the speed of training! It is an unstructured form of interval training where work is performed continuously for a specific duration, but instead of working at a single intensity, as in LSD (continuous) training, the intensity is varied in a fairly sporadic manner. This can be a lot of fun; particularly if, for example, performed outside in a park. The session could consist mainly of jogging around the park but then some sprints could be thrown in, followed by some walks to recover. However, it can also be carried out on a treadmill, upright bike or cross-trainer. Active IQ, Level 3 certificate in personal training, programming personal training with clients (2014)

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