Fartlek, developed in the 1930's, comes from the Swedish for 'Speed Play' and combines continuous and interval training. Fartlek allows the athlete to run at varying intensity levels over distances of their choice. This type of training stresses both the aerobic and anaerobic energy pathways.
Fartlek for Runners
The following are a selection of fartlek sessions:
Suitable for 10k, 5k, 3k and cross country.
Suitable for 1500m, 5k and 3k.
Suitable for 800m.
Suitable for getting fit quickly when combined with steady running.
The coach, using a whistle, controls the session over a 800 metre circumference grass area.
Fartlek for games players
A fartlek session for games players should include sprinting, running, jogging and walking with variations in direction of movement to fit in with the demands of their sport. This should include controlling an object (e.g. football) or carry any implement (e.g. hockey stick, rugby ball) used in the sport.
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