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Sprinters vs Long distance runners

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2005/08/04 14:55:34 (permalink)
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Sprinters vs Long distance runners

Seems like the vast majority of people on this forum have a sprinter's physique in mind rather than a marathon runner for their training goals -- so would it make sense just to do cardio that mimics (on a lower level) that of a competitive sprinter in training? How much long distance would such an athlete do, if any? Or are those ppl just genetic freaks that just never had much bodyfat to begin with and not relevant to the issue of fat loss/muscle preservation?
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    sillynarbie
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    RE: Sprinters vs Long distance runners 2005/08/04 15:07:08 (permalink)
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    They don't go far at all, cumulatively, in training. Infact its thought that any sort of endurance training will actually hinder their performance, I don't know any figures though unfortunately.
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    RE: Sprinters vs Long distance runners 2005/08/08 15:14:34 (permalink)
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    As Sillinarbie says, the sprinter wont rack up that much distance at all in terms of endurance training. The sprinters endurance training is quite different to a distance runners endurance training.

    A sprinter will do interval training comprising of multiple repetitions of a short distance with relatively short recovery times. But here the object is to increase the anaerobic threshold and capacity as opposed to the endurance training of a distance runner where aerobic thresholds and capabilities are being challenged. So in a session a 100m runner may do 8 times 100m or 6 times 200m in total for endurance (this could vary a lot, so there is no general rule)

    As for bodyfat, the sprinters you see on telly are obviously gifted to a large degree, but it should be said that sprinting is a good fat burner and is in, and of itself, anabolic in its nature. Include sprint training in your routine and, for the majority of people, I could guarantee that your physique will be sharper than with weights and diet alone.
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    RE: Sprinters vs Long distance runners 2005/08/08 17:20:23 (permalink)
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    Why is sprinting anabolic sooty?
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    RE: Sprinters vs Long distance runners 2005/08/08 17:41:11 (permalink)
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    The extreme nature of muscular recruitment and the activity needed to power sprinting is mildly anabolic, provided you are in a state of positive energy balance mind. You wont get this with less vigorous forms of cardio. It can stimulate muscular anabolism without overly influencing mTOR-mediated protein synthesis ( Naoki Kimura, Chiharu Tokunaga, Sushila Dalal, Christine Richardson, Ken-ichi Yoshino, Kenta Hara, Bruce E. Kemp, Lee A. Witters, Osamu Mimura and Kazuyoshi Yonezawa. A possible linkage between AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) and mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) signalling pathway. J. Biol. Chem. Volume 8, Issue 1 (January 2003) Page 65) And you don't get the same type of DOMS after effects that you can get from standard weight lifting, so it slots neatly into most normal weightlifting routines (given a 3 or 4 day split).
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