Summer is almost over, and it is a great time to check in on how the spring and summer training went, in regards to event preparation.
I think the most important thing about a HIIT workout is form. As a trainer I watch for proper form; I 'preach' it in all my classes and sessions. Losing form in order to perform one more rep is pointless; it leads to injuries and to miss-learning the purpose of the exercise- and not gain the exercises true benefit.
I’ve been a runner my entire life. Sometimes I’ve run short and fast; sometimes I’ve done ultra distances or even been part of a multi-sport event. For each type of running, I can see my body adapt and easily become dominant in one area while it grows weak in another. I have also had the opportunity to coach many women runners of all body shapes, sizes, ages and speeds. Though each woman is unique, there have been some similarities, often in terms of weak areas which can be overlooked and neglected during training.
I think life has taught me a few things about training; that even though repetition of the same activity can generate promising results for some - for others - it can lead to any number of musculoskeletal injuries. Maybe I was fortunate, but in my early 20's I realized I was one of the latter.... What I witnessed others do in a training week would leave me broken, icing tendonitis and strains. (Yes, I did say fortunate - so please read on to understand).