Make the most of your workout!
Ok. Get your giggles out. Laugh at the funny name; I’ll wait. Done? Ok let’s get down to business.
“Fartlek” (ok one more snicker) is Swedish for “speed play.” It is very close to interval training, and is usually specific to running. You’ve no doubt see this term if you’ve read Runners World even once. But if you’re still scratching your head as to what this silly word means, read on!
Though fartlek training is basically unstructured and hence the main difference between it and interval training, there are some common training session structures (or, drills). Here’s how you can do fartlek training on a treadmill or track to give your running training a speed face lift:
Fartleks, like interval training, work because they are pushing your body into both aerobic and anaerobic capabilities. This will help with any sport (soccer, tennis), as well as everyday activities (stairs, hills, etc..). No matter what your fitness level, everyone can do some form of FARTLEK!