Every time we speak with a coach, athlete, or scientist, we always ask what his or her favorite workout is. Which has led to a discussion at Fast Talk Labs world headquarters about our favorite workouts.
What’s mine? I always love a good set of pyramid intervals. 1-2-3-4-5-4-3-2-1. One minute “full gas” (bearing in mind that I want to be able to complete the entire workout), one minute easy spinning for recovery. Two minutes “full gas”, two minutes recovery. And so on.
When? I’ll do these once a week, several weeks out from a target race.
Why? Despite the fact that this workout may not be as specific as some—because of the various lengths, you’ll hit different energy systems—it still gives me that sense of satisfaction that I look for in a workout, it is physically and psychologically challenging, and it’s something that I can perform well at. And, ultimately, a successful workout is one that feels satisfying, both from a physiological as well as a mental point of view.
Do you have a favorite workout? Share it with us.