HIIT - High Intensity Interval Training
Eddy Merckx once said this to a journalist who asked him what advice he would offer aspirant riders.
In many respects this still forms the cornerstone of what many believe to be proper bike training. Put another way, "Practice makes perfect". Any newcomer to the sport, indeed, many old timers too would believe that you have to build up your mileage and speed by spending lots of Time In The Saddle (TITS). By "banking" miles and speed, not to mention those ungodly hill repeats, we will ensure our prowess.
That was Then! Now we have HIIT! High Intensity Interval Training
TABATA: Derived from the 1996 research by Japanese exercise physiologist Dr Izumi Tabata into the aerobic and anaerobic benefits of maximal-intensity training when compared to more traditional aerobic forms of training, the study was really about the ability to achieve comparable, and in most cases, better results from short, very high training sessions than from longer, more volume-based training. This has significant benefits for the more modern athletes who invariably have training TIME limitations yet seek the very best performance they can achieve.
Properly structured and managed, this form of training produces exceptional results. But there is a WARNING: This is very hard training and is not suited for every athlete out there. So we use it as part of a broader structure to permit the athlete themselves to set the bar height in terms of outcomes.
So this is not a totally new way of training but instead is a re-focus of the interval training we as cyclists always used to sharpen up acute adaptations near a big event. When applied properly, this form of interval training in fact causes better chronic and acute adaptations that we get from typical aerobic training. For most of us who are not professional athletes and instead work at jobs for a living, this provides a perfect alternative to the need to spend many hours in the saddle to achieve performance gains.
Research, application, trial and error and experiential learning has given us a PROVEN PATH TO SUCCESS. Our results speak for themselves!!
I LIKE TO TRAIN HARD, WHEN I CAN....
WHEN I CAN, I LIKE TO TRAIN AS HARD AS I CAN!