I've always done the elliptical machine since I started working out 5 months ago and picked up sprinting recently because I got bored of using that machine. I found out the hard way that it's not the same and took my legs almost a week to heal up. I heard that others can do this like 3 times a week. So, is it normal for someone just starting out to sprint to be sore as hell for a while?
06-18-2012, 01:00 AM #1
sprinting vs elliptical/treadmill
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06-18-2012, 06:01 AM #5
Try hill sprints. It is easier on the joints due to the less impact of each step.
As for being sore, pretty much every time you exert yourself at some new activity expect to be sore. It will get better with time. I hill sprint 5 times a week with no soreness.
Also make sure you do a good warmup routine before you sprint. It should include dynamic stretches.
06-18-2012, 06:55 AM #6
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Yes it's normal to be sore after sprinting for the first couple of times. Reason being this involves fast twitch muscle fibers which are used in things like weight training. With an elliptical you are using slow twitch muscle fibers because it's long cardiovascular work. Don't get me wrong, all muscle fiber types are used when you exercise, but the fast (type II) muscle fibers take over when you do anaerobic activity. DOMS can last more than a week, especially if you go hard enough. Sprinting can be dangerous though, and it normally included in a HIIT routine done about 3 times a week, so you're right in that respect.
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06-18-2012, 01:08 PM #7
Agree with Jimbo,
Hill sprints will give you a great workout with less impact on your joints than traditional sprints.
It's also a great way to build explosive power in your lower body.Team MuscleTech Rep
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06-18-2012, 02:47 PM #8
Easiest way to build up your sprinting endurance is to do them consistantly. For college football, the first two weeks we would do M/W/F 40 yard sprints, with the first 20 being sprint to the 40 yard line, and walk back to goal line as one. The last 20 would be sprint there and back counting as two.
After everyone got used to those, and build up thier twitch muscle fibers, we progressed to timed 25 yard shuttles. The athletic guys doing 25 yards there and back 6 times in 45 seconds, and the larger guys in 55 seconds. Just keep doing them and you will improve. They are good for cardiovascular health, and personally i prefer them to long boring runs.
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