Runervals 4.0 - Up, Up & Up! The Hill Climber!Troy Jacobson
Year Released: 2005
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This workout confirmed my suspision that Coach Troy is a sadist who loves to make
people beg for his mercy! (LOL!) I've been doing Spinervals for a few months, and
find them very challenging but this workout is far beyond what I expected in regards
to intensity! I cannot break down the workout in detail, because my memory is cloudy
from exhaustion. (or is it the steam from all of the sweat?!) Anyway, the premise
is that you do intervals of increasing intensity...easiets being base pace + 1mph
at 1% incline. As the title suggests, you gradually raise the incline & speed
to increase your efficiency when running uphill. By the final set of intervals he
has you doing base pace + 5mph at 10% incline. (!) I had to modify quite a bit to make
it to the end of this workout, and this is obviously geared toward hard-core runners.
(I have been "casually" running for years, and this workout knocked me
out!!!!) Coach Troy is increadibly motivating & pushed me to up the incline
a little higher than I normally would...and kick up the mph a little more than I
usually do. This is one though workout, and even though I can't complete it to Coach
Troy's instruction, I can definitely see how it will benefit me, and give me something
to aspire to.
This is an "off the cutting room floor" addition, but I didn't find the production to be all that bad. There are 5 or 6 participants on treadmills, inside a sporting goods store--I think. The lighting is a bit hot in some sections, and there is one point toward the end where the sound crackles a bit. Nothing major, IMO. Oh yes-the sound in the beginning intro. is MUCH louder than the sound in the actual workout, so be sure to have your remote handy!
Coach Troy is ultra-motivating, as always. He has helped me push myself to excel cardiovascularly to a level I never thought possible. Who else could make 55 minutes of torture so much fun?!