Brief explanation of intermittent exercises:
We will first explain what intermittent exercise is and what it does. The term “intermittent” refers to something that stops and starts again at intervals. Intermittent exercises therefore consist of a repetition of more or less intense sequences interspersed with recovery sequences:
Passive (walking or standing)
Active (running at low intensity)
The main advantage of intermittent work compared to continuous work is that it is similar to the efforts made in a match.
The most commonly used intermittent exercises are 45-30, 30-30 and 15-15
How to calculate the different distances of your intermittent exercises ? :
First of all, it should be noted that the distances to be covered are specific to each player. Indeed, they are based on the VMA of each player. The distances to be covered are then calculated as a percentage of MVA. To calculate them, apply the formula: distance = VMA * effort time / 3600. You then multiply this result with the percentage of VMA at which you want to train your players.
We can take the example of a player with a VMA of 17 who has to do 2 sets of 6 * 30s 30s at 100% of his VMA. The distance to be covered will then be (17*30/3600) 141 metres.
You can also calculate the distance to run using your Sportbeeper PRO. The tab-odometer instantly calculates and displays the distance to run for each speed. If a coach wants to work some of his players at 16.5 km/h for a set of 15s 15s, he will have to use the tab-odometer.