Fartlek training the same thing as HIIT?

  • Anto

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    Jun 26, 2009 10:10 PM GMT
    I do a lot of interval swim training and I was taught to do it with varying intensity and rest periods, with sets being of differing intensities while other times the intensity changing within the set itself. It was in college and they called it fartlek training.

    After reading about HIIT here and reading up about it elsewhere, sounds like the same sort of idea.
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    Jun 26, 2009 11:01 PM GMT
    well completely ignoring the name.. for jokes abound I could make of many..

    HIIT - High-intensity interval training - from how I understand it, is far more simple, all out for a short duration, short active rest, all out for a short duration, rinse and repeat..

    at least, that is how i've always seen it explained, so, could very well be wrong
  • Anto

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    Jun 26, 2009 11:23 PM GMT
    lol oh yeah I know! I thought similarly when I was first learning about it in swim training.
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    Jun 27, 2009 1:03 AM GMT
    fartlek is informal or non regular interval training. It was originally swedish "speed play" (hence the name) and the idea was to include periods of intensity in a steady state run. These would be things like running flat out for a minute, walking, a series of say five runs up a small hill etc. Interval training is much more repetitive: 30seconds sprint, 90 walk times 5.

    Fartlek is most often used in running (I´ve done it in cycling too) and it makes a nice intro to more formalised HIIT techniques and also can be good to throw into running training even if you are not going to use intervals