hill training

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Training that usually involves running, skiing, or cycling repeatedly up a hill. Hill training is an excellent way for runners, walkers, cross-country skiers, and cyclists to increase training intensity. A 10° incline, for example, can almost double the energy demands of a run. An equivalent increase in training intensity over a level course would necessitate running much faster, and putting far greater stress on bones and joints. For runners, hill training is particularly good for developing buttock muscles.

Subjects: Sports and Exercise Medicine.

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