Born to Sprint

I'm a sprinter. Not a competitive sprinter. Not a particularly good sprinter. But when I run, I usually sprint. The farthest I ever ran was 5 miles and that was one time. I'd have to look up the last time I ran a mile. Most of my running is incline sprinting on a treadmill or sprints (220 meters is my favored distance) at the track. I just like to run fast. (Fast for me anyway.)

But it was only relatively recently that it occurred to me (an epiphany?) that the preference for sprinting extends to much more than running.

On the rowing machine, I mostly do 500-meter sprints. Anything more than 1k bores me. (In addition to exhausting me, of course.)

On the indoor bike, I mostly do 20-second sprints.

And my favorite workout is, of course, wapping...which is all about short, high-intensity effort.

But another, less obvious example is lifting weights. Specifically, I like lifting heavy with fewer reps: short duration, high-intensity effort.

It seems that being "born to sprint" covers much more than only running. That might explain a few things!

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On Being Fast

People sometimes mistakenly think that "StrongFast" refers to getting strong quickly. That doesn't happen so no, that's not what the name means. The two parts refer to separate qualities: being strong and being fast. We talk a lot about the "strong" part. What about "fast"?

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Home Equipment #14: Medicine Ball

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Our neverending list on home equipment continues with the venerable medicine ball. These may conjure up images of old-time boxing gyms (or Perry Mason episodes) but it's still around, in more forms than ever.

There are different types of medicine balls and different sizes. Generally, any weighted ball used for exercise can be considered a medicine ball. For this post, we'll look at the two types that are actually in my home gym.

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