The Fat Burning Zone: What you need to know

Set foot in any gym or on any piece of cardiovascular equipment and you’ll find it impossible to miss the charts directing you to train in the enticingly sounding “fat-burning zone.” You’ve heard about it, but what exactly is the fat-burning zone? To exercise in the “fat burning zone”, means to exercise at lower...

Long slow distance exercise

What is it? Long slow distance exercise – LSD (!) for short – is the type of training most people associate with cardio. As the name cleverly suggests, LSD involves covering a relatively long distance at a slow and comfortable pace. How long, how hard? LSD is low intensity and long in duration. LSD...

What is tempo training?

What is it? Tempo training – also known as Fast Continuous Running (FCR), lactate-threshold (LT) or anaerobic threshold training (AnT). As the glut of names suggest, it’s a popular form of training. Where LSD is all about slow and steady, tempo training is the opposite. Tempo training is essentially working hard at a...

What is Fartlek training?

What is it? Fartlek training – this funny word is Swedish for speed play and describes a variable pace workout where you run/cycle/row at different speeds and for different duration based on how you feel and what you are trying to achieve from your workouts. The premise is to do whatever comes into...

Interval Training: Easy Guide

What is it? Interval training alternates periods of intense exercise (e.g. sprinting) with periods of recovery (recovery here means going slower such as jogging or walking – not taking a time out!). Interval training is probably the most versatile of all the cardiovascular training methods because by changing up the duration and difficulty...