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Old 11-30-2008, 01:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Im confused about why all the sprinters are ripped but the marathon runners are just lean. Why is sprints or other HIIT workouts making the bodies cut differently then just distance running?
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Old 11-30-2008, 02:04 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Sprinters have more fast twitch muscle fiber and long distance runners have more slow twitch muscle fiber. Fast twitch muscles use up energy more quickly, where as slow twich uses it up more slowly.
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Old 11-30-2008, 03:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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So that produces the different looks?, wich is recommended for combat sports?
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I would think combat fighters need to find a happy medium. Remember that the more muscle you have, the more oxygen your body needs.

Then there is always the freaks like Sean Shirk and Brock Lesnar.
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Old 11-30-2008, 07:44 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Yeah im trying to work out a conditioning program that provides good simulation on ups and downs with the intesity of a fight. I just noticed the visual difference between the 2 athlete sprinters/distance runners.
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Yeah im trying to work out a conditioning program that provides good simulation on ups and downs with the intesity of a fight. I just noticed the visual difference between the 2 athlete sprinters/distance runners.
Do you jump rope? If not, try jumping the equivalent of 1 round. Then break for 1 minute and just the equivalent of 1 round. Do that for 3 rounds or whatever the length of your match is.

When that gets easy, jump for double the equivalent of 1 round. Try to get up to a 15 minute jump rope session.

I have started training with a jump rope on alternating days. You will be amazed how winded you will get. Fast!
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Do you jump rope? If not, try jumping the equivalent of 1 round. Then break for 1 minute and just the equivalent of 1 round. Do that for 3 rounds or whatever the length of your match is.

When that gets easy, jump for double the equivalent of 1 round. Try to get up to a 15 minute jump rope session.

I have started training with a jump rope on alternating days. You will be amazed how winded you will get. Fast!
doing this can also screw you up. if you train by jump roping ONLY DUE THE LENGHT OF ROUND. you will get that feeling of when the round will end and also try mixing up your jumps by sprinting and then double jumping
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Old 11-30-2008, 09:09 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I do some rope for cardio, but mine sucks and i cant get going really fast, it wont spin quick enough, i do the 5 min round easy with a rythmic pace but i try to keep alternating feet or w/e to make it more challenging.
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It means that people with more fast twich muscle fibers will seem to have bigger muscles than those who have short twitch muscle fibers. To be honest, it really doesn't matter how you look as well as you perform well. If you're interested in MMA, I would recommend getting as much short twitch muscle fiber (more reps with less weight) as you can. If you have more fast twitch, if you can't knock a dude out in the 1st round, you are usually ****ed.
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Yeah im trying to work out a conditioning program that provides good simulation on ups and downs with the intesity of a fight. I just noticed the visual difference between the 2 athlete sprinters/distance runners.
I used to run track. Sprints and long jump.

Our training was always HIIT.

If you have a track close to you, this is pretty challenging but I never got bored of it:

1 X 200m @ 40%
1 X 200m @ 75%

Do that 8-12 times.

Take a 60-75 second walking break between every 4 sets (after every 4th lap of a 400m track).

It hurts but its good. If you do this too often however, you will lose a lot of weight. Im not sure if thats what you want to do.

good luck
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