Interval Training

by Michael Boyle |   Date Released : 16 May 2008
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Michael Boyle

About the author: Michael Boyle

Michael Boyle is known internationally for his pioneering work in the field of strength and conditioning and is regarded as one of the top experts in the area for sports performance training. He has made his mark on the industry over the past 30 years with an impressive following of professional athletes, from the US Women’s Olympic teams in soccer and ice hockey to the Boston Bruins, Boston Breakers, New England Revolution, and most recently the Boston Red Sox. His client list over the years reads like a "Who’s Who" of athletic success in New England and across the country including legendary Boston names such as Nomar Garciaparra, Cam Neely, and Ray Bourque.

Mike is a featured speaker at numerous strength and conditioning and athletic training clinics across the country and has produced many instructional videos and DVDs in the areas of strength and conditioning, personal training and rehabilitation.

In 2012, Michael was selected to become part of the Boston Red Sox coaching staff, acting as a strength and conditioning consultant for the team.

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Tsirigkakis, Spyridon | 18 Mar 2011, 16:25 PM

A VERY NICE ARTICLE..BUT I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW how you use the intervals according to the goal of the client..i mean if a client needs fat loss/improvement of aerobic capacity which of the above intervals shoud i use and in which % of the VO2 MAX.? i usually use at least 1 minute work (at 75 -85% Vo2 max. ) wiith 3 or 2 minutes rest (it depends from the level of the client). it is difficult to elevate the heart rate during only 1 minute in a beginner client who doesnt have a good areobic capacity... ...if the goal is to improve the anaerobic lactic acid capacity which interval (*work/rest) do you usually use and in which %of Vo2 max? thanks!

Magedera, Carl | 05 Feb 2011, 19:53 PM

Easy to understand article, that sheds masses of light on the subject, yet also remains open ended. I can apply this right away in my personal training.

Marsteller, Michael | 14 Apr 2009, 12:22 PM

But what happens years down the road? All that was found in that study was both groups got the same benefit over two weeks. Two weeks is not long enough to see if a training program is working.

I would like to see a study like this done over the course of a year and see who has better fitness.

The one study was done on 16 men. So that is a very small population size.

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