Viral running workouts to get you in shape for the new sporting season

Resting in the off-season is no more. Want to be the best in your sport? Try out these viral running workouts to get you to an elite level of fitness.

The sporting calendar comes to a halt for many athletes following another grueling and physically enduring season, but that doesn’t mean the work stops.

For many, this is the crucial time in which giant strides are made ahead of the return of a new campaign, whether you’re a soccer, basketball, or American football player.

And while many will descend upon their local gym, no equipment is required to get in optimum shape to maximize your goals and aspirations when the first whistle is blown.

Social media is awash with hundreds of unique and impactful running workouts which can boost cardio, elevate endurance, and make you the fittest version of yourself.

While some are tailored toward specific sporting endeavors, all have one key thing in common. They will get you in elite shape.

Treadmill Intervals

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Best for: Soccer players

Interval training is a popular method to boost your cardiovascular performance and shred unwanted body fat, and this treadmill run is certain to tick both boxes if followed correctly and consistently.

Starting at a speed of 6.0 for one minute to get the body warmed up, the run is then split into four sets working at a 9.5 speed on a 4% incline. Simply work hard for 30 seconds before enjoying a 60-second rest back at 6.0 speed.

Once you begin to find the workout easier, then it’s time to ramp up the intensity. Start at four sets, then progressively overload it throughout your pre-season training to six, then eight sets. If you hit double figures then you’re in for a season to remember!

Warm-up: 60-second jog at 6.0 speed

Work: 30 seconds at 9.5 speed and 4% incline x 4

Rest: 60 seconds jog on 6.0 speed between sets

Two to three times per week

 200, 400, 600

Best for AFL, soccer, rugby, hockey

Sometimes it’s just about getting the minutes in your legs, and this workout perfectly encapsulates the need to simply cover a lot of distance quickly.

For each run – which will undoubtedly get tougher – run at around 75% of your quickest pace to keep some fuel in the tank and finish the drills. 

Work: 200m run

Rest: Time taken to run

Work: 400m

Rest: Time taken to run

Work: 600m

Rest Time taken to run

Repeat three times

Striding to Success

@evanschwartzruns How do you actually practice running faster? You can incorporate a session most distance runners refer to as “strides” each week to help practice tapping into that fast and relaxed running rhythm. After a warm up or at least 10:00 or one mile of easy running, run four to ten repeats of 100 meters, or :20 if you don’t have access to the track. The recovery in between should be at least 100m of easy running or :40 of jogging/walking. The keys to focus on are keeping the effort below maximum and instead testing to visualize good form and a relaxed but smooth running posture. The number of repeats depends on your experience, but you can start with four and add one to two repeats each week! #runtok #runningcoach #marathontraining #runningtips #intervaltraining #5ktraining #running ♬ Borderline – Tame Impala

Best for: American Football

This is a fine-tuning of the traditional 100-yard sprints, but instead of all-out sprints, perform interval sets of 20-yard sprints and 20-yard strides for the full length of the field. 

Strides will help you develop the ability to cover more ground in less time, resulting in greater speed production. Make sure to rest 30 seconds between each set, and start with four sets, progressing to 10 as your physical condition begins to improve.

Work: 20-yard sprint, then 20-yard stride for full length of field

Rest: 30 seconds

Start with four sets, progressing to 10

The John Terry Treadmill Workout

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Best for: General fitness and cardio

When former professional soccer player and Chelsea legend John Terry posted a video of him running on a treadmill whilst on holiday in the Maldives in the summer of 2018, little did he know it would become a viral hit.

With almost 1 million views on Instagram, Terry’s grueling treadmill session is designed for the elite. The demanding incline is the killer, which remains set at a vertigo-inducing 12%. If you can make it through this routine, you’re set for the season.

Work: 10x 20-second runs at 11.2mph and 12% incline

Rest: 40 seconds between each run

Work: 3x 20-second runs at 11.5mph and 12% incline

Rest: 40 seconds between each run 

Work: 2x 20 second runs at 12mph and 12% incline

Rest: 40 seconds between each run

Slam Dunk

Best for: Basketballers

Basketball involves a lot of sprinting up and down the court, meaning high-intensity interval running is the best way to guarantee the most notable results.

These three tailored workouts for basketballers all offer something a little bit different, but all of them will help build the necessary strength, agility, and flexibility to excel in the fast-paced, high-energy basketball game.

Workout One: Interval Sprints

Work: 30 seconds

Rest: 30 seconds

Repeat 20 times

Workout Two: Hill Sprints

Work: 18x hill sprints

Rest: 45 seconds between sprints

Workout Three: 

Work: 1.5 miles for time

The Bondarenko 

Best for: Elite level athletes and fitness

Named after Russian athlete Olga Bondarenko, this intense running workout aims to improve both speed and endurance over 10 km distances, but more specific conditions your body to change pace during a race or sport.

The workout itself is pretty simple on face value, with a descending ladder of distance repeated five times. But don’t be fooled, this one is only recommended to be taken on once a month due to its punishing nature.

Work: 400m run at just below 5 km pace

Recovery: 400m jog at 50 seconds slower than 5 km pace

Work: 300m run just below 5 km pace

Recovery: 300m jog at 50 seconds slower than 5 km pace

Work: 200m run at just below 5 km pace

Recovery: 200m jog at 50 seconds slower than 5 km pace

Work: 100m run at just below 5 km pace

Recovery: 100m jog at 50 seconds slower than 5 km pace

Repeat five times

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