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Hill Sprints Challenge

Hill sprints are the equaliser! Every week I put myself through a gruelling 20+ minute hill sprint workout that pushes my to the very limit. Here’s a video explaining the challenge and showing you the hill I use:

If you don’t have easy access to a suitable hill then you can easily simulate this challenge on a treadmill with the following settings:

90 Seconds at 5 MPH & 6% Incline
45 Seconds at 4 MPH & 0% Incline
x10

If you’re just starting out then you might only be able to do 2-3 rounds, and if you’re a beast you might be able to go for MORE than 10! The focus is to do it EVERY week (no excuses), push yourself as hard as you can, and track your progress. Let me know how you’re getting on in the comments below – bonus points for selfies at the top of those hills!

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Fan Costi
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Just started doing the Hill Sprints Challenge (with Training Mask 2.0 set to 6,000ft for additional difficulty) and started off with 10 sprints on a about 30 degree hill. Didn’t take my phone with me to record the time and video the before and after but planning to do these every other day so will take with me on Tuesday 🙂

Juan Cartagena
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Week 2 of Hills Sprints challenge. I beat my week 1 time including 2 more additional sprints! These really make your legs burn. Now on to the 5K challenge!

Before – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oTgzVsKjcKw
After – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HOUvvbBEv8M

Kevin McNamara
Member

Wow that is a great workout and certainly gets the cobwebs out!
Beautiful morning here too in Trinity Beach…

My average was 28.82 secs and will look to improve on that next Tuesday morning.
Lots of burning and I can feel the good it is doing me.

Here’s a video of the last sprint…loving the support on LRA…thanks Brian 🙂
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qlFnU7psqkE

Alan Macaulay
Member

Nice one Juan,
I’m new here and watched Brian’s Sprint Challenge the other day and thought it’s about time I should incorporate them into my routine.
I did 10.. and boy were my legs burning!!
Vulnerability Right!!! I haven’t ever posted a video of myself speaking, so here goes. Its right out of my comfort zone!!
Happy Monday everybody!!
Before – https://youtu.be/P_sOO7OBT3Q
After – https://youtu.be/Hj06iu8LigQ

Kevin McNamara
Member

great work Alan! I am starting mine tomorrow. Thanks for the inspiration, Kev

Juan Cartagena
Member

So this was one of the first things to catch my eye when I joined. So I gave it a shot. And I must say, getting through it was quite an accomplishment and I was ready to tackle the day. Next week I hope to either increase the amount of times up and down or keep it the same and beat my time.

Before – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PPiTWRiKVDg
After – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIl2ODG-k8w

Jarrett Thomas
Member

SOAD!

Karn Chaturvedi
Member

Brian! You listen to System of a Down and the same tracks as me!!! Love you even more now.

Gonna crank a 10 hill sprints this Sat listening to SOAD this Sat \m/

Kevin Sturm
Member

there is even some science behind those hill sprints: https://paleopersonaltrainer.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/what-you-need-to-know-about-growth-hormone-response-to-training/

Takeaway: 8 sprints max intensity a 30 secs –> up to 530% more growth hormone release!

Fred
Member

Got my sprints done and dusted!

30s up, 30s down x 10. Ave. heart-rate = 142bpm, peak = 169bpm. My theoretical max is 188bpm so I’m happy with that – I think a horse getting in the way helped raise it a little.

Videos as promised. Gonna get these done once a week. Hell yes!

Before – https://youtu.be/pqp8dRu1Sms
After – https://youtu.be/vwTLmIFuXHs

Brandon Mehrgut 浩克
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What’s up Brian. Wind is kinda bad in the video. Maybe try holding some headphones close to you with a mic. Just a thought.

Jon Waterlow
Member

This is a great challenge and I’m going to hit it every week from hereon in. I tried it for the first time yesterday on the treadmill, but it didn’t feel like enough of a challenge (I increased the speeds because the ‘downhill’ part was too much of a walk rather than a jog as intended, at least on the treadmills in my gym; I also upped the uphill speed). So, before next weekend I’m going to find me a hill!

Dan
Member

I adapted to what was available to me: my neighborhood has a road with a nice sized hill about 2/10th of a mile from my front steps. Jogged there, jogged down (about a 1/4 mile, and 125ft of elevation drop), sprinted up with a jog session midway, then jogged down again, and repeated, then walked/jogged home. Total time about 15 minutes, with my legs and chest burning!! Baseline is set, next week need to beat my time!

Fred
Member

If something’s burning you’re doing it right. These aren’t meant to be fun! Nice one Dan.

Fred
Member

I do something similar on a treadmill in the gym but there’s nothing quite like doing sprints outdoors in a park surrounded by nature.
You bet your arse you will be calling for a paramedic – these are hardcore! I’m gonna knock out 10 in Richmond Park this week and see if I can post a before and after video.

Brenda – I use the GymBoss app. You set a countdown period, then ‘active’ and ‘rest’ timers and the amount of rounds which can then be saved as a preset.

Good luck with the sprints, all!

Brenda
Member

HI Fred,
Thanks for the recommendation, brother. I downloaded the app and will do the sprints again and let you know how it goes.

Fred
Member

How’d your second round of sprints go, Brenda?

Brenda
Member

Hi Fred.
It went well. I ran faster. I posted my times. Did you run? post your times.

Brenda
Member

I think I did these wrong. But I did it anyway. I just picked a steep hill and sprinted up and jogged down. I kept track on my phone. If you guys have a good app you can recommend that would be helpful. I used the app called stopwatch, but it wouldn’t save my data, so I took screen shots of every completed sprint.

LRA Fit Challenge Week One- 10 Sprint times: 1) 14.87 2) 14.39 3) 14.20 4) 14.04 5) 14.20 6)14.57,7) 14.45 8) 14.88 9)14.92 10) 14.12

Owen Bain
Member

Managed 7 primrose hill sprints this morning. Aimed for 5 did couple more than expected. will be gunning for 10 next time. https://youtu.be/FlNQEptq1JI

Kevin McNamara
Member

Great work Owen! I start tomorrow morning. Can’t wait…well I can but haha It will be fun…after 🙂

Julian
Admin

This is brutal! Managed 6 rounds in the gym today, but then couldn’t keep the pace for the full 90 seconds at full incline for the rest…next time I’ll get 7 done at least!