You always hear guys saying that long-slow distance running is bad, and that HIIT is better.
Here is my question: Of all of you who train hard, who in the hell does “slow training”? Do you know anyone good who does?
I ask because this straw man surfaced in a recent post on this forum. Some guy whose last name I can’t spell quoted someone saying: “there is no benefit to doing long slow training of any kind.”
Who does long slow training?
Certainly not fighters - at least none I’ve trained with in several disciplines.
I’m getting more than a little tired at the “slow training” or “aerobics” straw man.
Fighter who talk about running or doing road work aren’t doing power walking or watching Richard Simmons’ videos. Most are at least in 160 HR range. And they stay there for a long time. Most are doing sprints in between longer bouts of sustained effort but slower (but not slow!) running.
Oh, incidentally, elevating your heart rate and SUSTAINING that elevated heart rate is a fantastic way to condition yourself.
After all, while a round might only be five minutes, the fight could last from 15 to 25. And during that time, you might NEVER stop moving. (Unlike in a HIIT workout where you rest in between sets.)
I think the whole straw man is just a basic marketing ploy to make it look as if someone has a “new” idea.
If you want to show that you’re better than what else is out there, accurately represent what is out there. Stop trying to make us believe it’s either “Sweating to the Oldies” or “HIIT.”