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09-23-2014, 12:23 PM
 
Hey Friends,

Check out this brief but interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about the resurgence of the mile run. It deals with the topic almost exclusively as a competitive race but I wonder what affect running a "fast-paced" one mile run would have on fitness and fat loss?

It seems that doing a fast run 2-3 times a week would fit nicely into the Transformetrics protocol of focusing mainly on strength training and intensity and less on long, slow cardio. It certainly is much less time-consuming.

Does anyone have any thoughts (or firsthand experience) about this?

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09-23-2014, 12:32 PM
 
Hey Paul,

That is a great article. For a man to run a 4-minute mile he is running a sprint the entire time.

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Paul,
http://bringbackthemile.com/ is a website to help get the mile back instead of 1600 meters which high schools use in their state championships.

For training, the mile is ideal for the protocol here due to the fast interval training you have to do to run a fast mile.

The mile is making a comback. Theirs a big track meet in the spring that showcases the mile form high school on up. The high school mile went in 4:02 by a kid form Michigan who is also a soccer player.

To run a good mile you still need aerobic runs and a couple days a week, you got to hit the track and do 100s, 200s, 300s, 400s etc at mile race pace or faster.

My coaching staff and I are kicking around doing a Bring Back the Mile and do it by age groups for a fund raiser.
As John stated to break 4 minutes is quite the feat. The world record is 3:43:13 by Hisham El Guerouj from Morocco in 1999 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ji0yK7fV5Rk
The womens world record is 4:12
Here is a website with history of world mile records. http://trackandfield.about.com/od/mi...ld-Records.htm

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Great thread and doing a 4 minute mile is tremendous!


 
 
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09-23-2014, 03:04 PM
 
I have no interest (or ability) to run a mile in four, or even five, minutes, but I think running at a 6:00 or 6:30 pace is a fast mile and an indication of a high level of fitness.

Again, I wonder how doing this 2-3 times a week would affect fitness and fat-burning? John, can you please share your thoughts on that?

And Monty, I know that the protocol you cite to get to a fast mile would no doubt work, but I would most likely just run a mile at my normal 8:00 or 8:20 pace three times a week and keep at it until I slowly whittle the pace down gradually until I reach my goal.

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09-24-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Hey Paul,

Everything I have read for the last decade (and I read volumes of research papers) indicates that the most important key to lifelong strength and fitness as relates to exercise and nutrition is the effect that exercise and nutrition has as relates to our hormones.

In order to maximize HGH and Testosterone we need the right levels of High Intensity and Lower Intensity exactly as we teach in Ultimate Push-Ups which could be used as a template. (Lower Intensity days deliver healing nutrients via the blood stream and every bit as important as the High Intensity days)

This is why Living Strength Interval Training will prove to be an extraordinary program for the vast majority of people.

In a nutshell all the scientific research that I have read comes down to this. If we exercise in a way that depletes muscle mass we will be depleting HGH and all of our male hormones. As a result we will start adding fat and become estrogen dominate if it is allowed to continue. . The most efficient way to reverse this is to eat right perform intense Isometric Contraction each day at different angles and to perform Interval training exactly as outlined in "Ultimate Push-Ups for the Awesome Physique"

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