Today’s workout comes to us via my college track and field coach, who liked to inflict this one upon us when she felt we needed a good figurative kick in the arse.
I would put this in the “medium to hard” category, as far as workouts go, since it requires you to be conscious of your pace for the entire time.
Before I write out the workout, I think it’s best if we all refresh our memories as to what a bell curve actually looks like:
Remember these bad boys from high school algebra? Or was it geometry? Clearly, math is not my strong suit!
Anyways, here’s how the workout goes:
*5:00 easy jog warm-up (with some dynamic movements thrown in, if you want)
*2:00 at a pace you would consider a “1″ on a scale of 1-5 (one is the easiest)- this is the beginning of the bell curve; follow this with 2:00 at a “2″ pace (slightly faster.)
*Continue the workout with 2:00 intervals at levels “3″, “4″ and “5″ (level 5 being a pace you could maintain for 2:00 but probably not much longer than that. In other words, you should be sucking wind by the end of that interval!)
*Once you do 2:00 at level “5,” drop down to “4″ for 2:00, then “3″ for 2:00, etc until you back down to the “1″ pace, or your easy jog.
*5:00 cool down of easy jogging or walking
This workout is designed to be done continuously, moving from one level to the next without stopping and it’s a great way to focus on your pace and push your body out of it’s comfort zone.
I also like this workout because it’s quick but it gets the job done. Cardiovascular limits are pushed, mental barriers are broken and it’s just a great little session to bust out whenever you’re feeling the need to push yourself.
What do you guys think, does this look to difficult to attempt or could you do it?