We’re back with the first Magness & Marcus Podcast on Coaching of 2017. In this episode, we have a long and frank discussion on interval workouts. What are they, what do they do, are there magical interval workouts, and should everyone should get over Tabata sprints?

When it comes to interval workouts, we tend to fall in line with “default” workouts. The same standard repeat sessions that we’ve always done. Perhaps a famous coach told us to do them, or maybe we did them as an athlete, but what happens is we tend to rely on a few tried and true workouts.In this episode, we challenge you to be creative. To stop seeing interval workouts as predictors for workouts, but instead to see them as an artist would. By manipulating the speed, rest, density, length, location, pacing, and more, we can creatively develop workouts that continue to challenge our athletes and cause them to adapt in multiple ways. We need to get out of the only physiological endpoint and instead consider all aspects of the workout.

We break it all down for you in this episode, with a small tangent on High School running and coaching.

We hope you enjoy,

Steve and Jon


Resources mentioned:

Speed Work for Distance Training by Bob Schul


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Episode 47: Understanding Interval Training
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6 thoughts on “Episode 47: Understanding Interval Training

  • January 29, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    You guys are such nerds!!

    • February 3, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Yup. We are geeks – and we own it! Thx for listening!

  • January 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Training is not racing. It makes me sad to listen to you guys because all that you are doing is looking for ways to get out just a tiny bit more out of an athlete every time they train. Greed greed greed … Training is about developing of an athlete long term in a fun and humane way as a human being first.

    • February 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

      Ulrich. Thx for listening. Sorry we make you sad. // jm

  • February 2, 2017 at 11:06 am

    Hi guys, love the podcast. I know you are primarily track focused but would like to hear your views on making the step up to the marathon as there’s so much extra interesting dynamic in the distance that doesnt take place in shorter races. Fuel strategy for both training and racing. Training low carb. Psychological issues after 18-20miles so common. Etc. .. maybe a topic for a futuure pod?

    • February 3, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      Hi Paul. THANK YOU for listening.

      This an excellent suggestion for a future episode as stepping up to the marathon is a very difficult proposition.

      Thx again, // jm


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