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11/3/12 8:33 PM
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garythekid
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Thinkin bout giving it a go. I just have to find a good hill! Living in NYC this is not that easy. In my local park in queens, there is one spot that might have a good incline. I have to see again.

Any advice for starting? I run fairly regularly so I would not be jumping in completely cold. I also do flat sprints sometimes. Phone Post
11/4/12 12:15 AM
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Assuming this is for cardio development, great idea.  I used this pre-season for wrestling during high school, and in preparation for wrestling camps in summer.  I got best results from sprinting a distance that took about 20-30 seconds to finish.  I would also pick a point as an imaginary finish-line (e.g. a telephone pole, mailbox, bush, etc), really push through it, and every couple of sprints, continue sprinting past it; I thought of this as "extra" development really pushing the limit beyond the "minimum" of what I wanted to accomplish that day (was an effective mental tool for me).

If you aren't in great shape to start with, take it easy at first so you don't have a heart attack or leave yourself unable to move the next morning.  Maybe start with just 4-5 hard sprints the first day, see how you feel the next day, then add another 1-2 sprints each session.  Also, a warm-up and cool-down is really critical to prevent injury, cramps, and to manage the lactic acid buildup. I would do at least a half-mile jog ahead of time and again after, with the end of the cool-down winding down from jog to brisk walk to strolling it on in.

Good luck!

 

11/4/12 12:32 AM
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Awesome stuff, thanks! And yeah it's for cardio training and nothing more. I really don't need to lose any fat.

I'm scared of having a heart attack now O_o Phone Post
11/4/12 12:39 PM
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I run outdoor hill sprints. I am lucky in that I live in Nor-Cal which is a very hilly place. I have an extremely steep hill about 25 yards from my house. most days the weather is great so I can go out there almost any day.

I like to keep my sprints brief and intense. I will often sprint up the hill for about 15 seconds, and then recover for 90 seconds. I usually do 10 repeats.

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11/4/12 2:42 PM
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I do them. Search steep hill, Lincoln UK. Lucky to have it so close. Phone Post
11/4/12 2:58 PM
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^^

That's fuck all compared to a hill I used to use in Cornwall. It was beyond brutal. Your HR would be SKY HIGH just walking the fucker!
11/4/12 5:15 PM
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I started about a month and a half ago. Its helped my cardio immensely. I recover from short bursts of energy(soccer and such) much better than i did before. Phone Post

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