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A well-conditioned aerobic system and endurance capacity are essential in any type of endurance sport or event. In order to perform their best, elite and recreational endurance athletes strive to improve aerobic capacity and associated factors such as lactate threshold, anaerobic threshold, and glycogen sparing. Typical training for improved endurance performance involves working at sub-maximal intensity for many hours each week. High-intensity interval training (HIT) is a relatively new concept in endurance training and uses brief but very intense bouts of exercise interspersed with rest periods. This type of training has been shown to increase aerobic and anaerobic capacity, glycogen sparing, lactate threshold, VO2max, and significantly decrease the amount of time spent on endurance training to produce favorable results. Therefore, HIT is a very beneficial method of training for any type of endurance athlete.
Failer, Nicholas, "The Use of High-Intensity Interval Training in Aerobic Capacity and Endurance Training" (2009). Honors Theses. 113.
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