Arthur Lydiard was probably the greatest running coach of all time. He coached a number of New Zealand and Finish runners to Olympic gold medals in the 70’s and was one of the greatest advocates of jogging for fitness as a public health interventions to improve the health of nations. His training principles still underpin what most middle and long distance runners use today and most training programs are based on what he first outlined in the 70’s. He advocated a 10-12 aerobic or endurance training base, followed by 4-6 weeks of hill work to build strength, and then 4-6 weeks of fast running to build speed, then a tapering off to focus on competition. The mark that Arthur Lydiard has left on the fitness industry is indelible.
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