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“Endurance work is a necessary part of your Spartan training,” says SGX L2 coach Chris Anne. “That’s especially true if you sign up for a Beast or an Ultra Beast. There will be places on the course where you’ll be out there running for miles before you encounter an obstacle.” Plus, the hope is that when you finally make it to the obstacle, you actually have enough left in the tank to not have to burpee out.
Fortunately, though, for Spartans, endurance training doesn’t equal slow, steady state workouts. “I hate steady-state cardio,” Chris Anne says. “It’s soooo boring! And since sport-specific training is ideal, steady-state cardio isn’t what I spend time doing.”
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So how do you build endurance and your aerobic stamina without slogging on the trail for hours on end? With timed running intervals.
Alternating between timed bouts of work and rest, timed running intervals are all about training your body to go harder, longer. And, by focusing on longer work intervals (these aren’t short sprints!) they can improve your aerobic endurance in a big way.
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4 Timed Running Intervals to Boost Endurance and Stamina
Get started with these four timed running intervals from Chris Anne: Perform them back to back, resting 2 minutes between each interval.
Run for 5 minutes at max effort and then rest for 2 minutes 30 seconds. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
Row on the cardio rower for 3 minutes at max effort and then rest for 90 seconds. Repeat for a total of 3 rounds.
Cycle for 1 minute at max effort and then rest for 1 minute. Repeat for a total of 5 rounds.