Easy interval method, an alternative approach to improve anaerobic threshold speed

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Bence Kelemen
Ottó Benczenleitner
László Tóth


This paper presents the specific training method in distance running developed by the Dutch running coach Herman Verheul and successfully applied in the 1970s, its historical background, its afterlife, and its possible applications. The Verheul method can be traced back to the Stampfl interval method used in the 1960s. It involves the use of shorter (200 and 400 meters) and longer (1000 and later 2000 meters) interval training sessions on a daily basis. The method is characterised by a low intensity of partial distances compared to traditional interval training and a relatively long active recovery period equal to the interval distance. For these reasons, the workouts remain predominantly aerobic, without significant lactic acid accumulation, allowing interval training to be used daily and avoiding over-exertion. The method allows runners to achieve high weekly volumes at high running speeds, crucial for establishing anaerobic threshold speed (vLT2) and economical running movement (RE), essential for successful distance running performance. The easy interval method offers an alternative means of improving anaerobic threshold speed. It may provide a new tool to the recently used sustained tempo runs and the anaerobic threshold intervals that are prevalent today.

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Kelemen, B., Benczenleitner, O., & Tóth, L. (2024). Easy interval method, an alternative approach to improve anaerobic threshold speed. Scientific Journal of Sport and Performance, 3(2), 220–227. https://doi.org/10.55860/SZDQ4880
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Bence Kelemen, Hungarian University of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Doctoral School of Sport Sciences.

Ottó Benczenleitner, Eszterházy Károly Catholic University

Institute of Sports Sciences.

László Tóth, Hungarian University of Physical Education and Sport Sciences

Department of Psychology and Sport Psychology.

Teacher Training Institute.

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