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The interval – training (I): Origin of the method

The interval – training (I): Origin of the method

The  interval method  or interval. training was a method developed in the years 40 and 50 in Germany, and that  the Czech corridor Emil Zatopek popularized.

This corridor highlights for great level of force and resistance, and it was known as the human locomotive.

In the olympic games of 1948 he won the test of 10.000 meters and he got the silver in the 5000 meters.

But it was in the games of Helsinki in 1952 where he transformed into the king of the bottom winning the 5.000 meters, the 10.000 meters and the marathon, unique fact in the history of the olympic games.

This historical corridor based his preparation on the training for intervals, ending up running in a session 30 km distributed in series of 400 meters, with a recovery of 200 meters (about 60 seconds). This preparation formula has made him pass to the history.

The theory of the training has gone evolving with the improvement of the marks and results in the competitions. For that reason, the method of intervals squatter a place in the programs of training, but without being used exclusively.

The  interval method  is a form of fractional work that alternates periods of work with others of rest, to be able to maintain a high intensity of work during more time than if we made it in a continuous way.

This takes advantage in the training to improve cardiovascular and energy aspects and to adapt the sportsman to the competition conditions.

For that reason it is used fundamentally in the training of the resistance in tests of high intensity.

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F. Javier Molano

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