Hill Sprints

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    chiquetetekik
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    Hello everyone:

    After reading the last article by Scott J. “Mountain Strong Part 2”, I have considered adding Hill Sprints workouts every 15 days, but I thought of doing a Z1 training. My question is this: would this training in Z1 be similar to a fasting workout? Will sprints get rid of glycogen deposits?

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    Scott Johnston on #9158

    Hill Sprints are a form of strength training and are not Z1 training. They do not really fit into a zone category. Intensity zones are used to designate variations AEROBIC work load so you can control the intend training effect. Hill Sprints are too short (and by using a very long rest) have minimal aerobic energy contribution. As described they are relay heavily on stored ATP and to a lesser extent on the anaerobic energy production system.

    If done maximally and in a high enough volume that will reduce muscle glycogen stores. I would not count on them to replace a fasted Z1-2 longer duration effort though.

    Scott

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    chiquetetekik on #9161

    I’m sorry Scott, but in the previous message I did not explain myself well. What I wanted to say is if after Hill Sprints I would deplete my glycogen stores so that if I continued to train one or two hours in Z1 later this would be similar to fasting training.

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    Scott Johnston on #9164

    The hill sprints will reduce glycogen stores for sure. I’m doubtful that they will drain your tank as much as having started the day fasted though unless you are very poorly fat adapted. Now way to know for sure from my end. Sorry.

    Scott

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