Hard-start intervals use an initial hard effort at a power output above what would be sustainable for the intended interval duration, to enhance oxygen uptake and cardiac output. Let's talk about some of the reasons for why we might want to perform hard-start intervals, when they might be appropriate for our training, and when they might not be.
Here are some of my current thoughts and questions on the topic of VO2max trainability, time near VO2max, hard-start and intermittent intervals, and adaptations toward capacity and efficiency.
Muscle Oxygenation refers to the flux of oxygen within a target tissue as the result of oxidative respiration. Delivery of oxygenated blood from the heart & lungs and uptake or extraction of oxygen by the mitochondria within the local muscle. This is measured with a technology called near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS)
A few weeks ago I performed a series of steady-state submaximal 30min intervals, looking at VO2 & ventilaton with the VO2 Master Pro and muscle oxygenation (SmO2) with Moxy. The first trial was inside on the trainer, followed a few days later by the second trial outside on the road. The purpose was to observe … Continue reading Metabolic Steady State – Inside vs Outside
I want to look at my other favourite VO2max workout, the Rønnestad style Hard-start 30/15s VO2max workout. This was the protocol I arrived at based on Rønnestad, Seiler, Buchheit & Laursen, and others' research into optimizing interval prescription for maximizing adaptations to VO2max.