Man Vs Machine
When trialling sportswear, the lab team use the ‘phosphate test’ – a bleep test on steroids. Try it for yourself: run 50m as fast as you can eight times with 20sec rest periods, then find your average score. Use PT Matt Lindsay’s* tips to outstrip Adidas’
Boost your score with twice weekly treadmills sessions. Start at 8km/h and increase the speed by 0.5km/h each minute so you hit 17.5km/h on the 20th. Progressively harder sessions will develop your fitness faster.
At this level, you’re working comfortably in the aerobic zone. Hill sprints will unlock medal-worthy speed. Do six half-mile uphill sprints on your next run, jogging down for recovery. Two sessions a week will amp up your VO2 max, shaving seconds before the month is out.
Your body will be scorching through its glycogen stores, putting you in fat-burning territory. To crank things up one gear further, strap on a weight vest and repeat until you feel like you can’t go again. Then push harder.
At high speeds, your body is under five times more pressure than usual. But, while speed requires you to stay light, completing heavy deadlifts three times a week will build stability in your glutes, hamstrings and ankles, for a solid base to power your performance.