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Kim Stevenson
Wellnow : Thanks for the reply.
What I was trying to do is illustrate how Arthur approached this "Anaerobic" aspect.
I am familiar with the latest thinking and I wonder if Arthur was around now (and a lot younger) how he would "tackle" the subject.

Because he had the guys in really good shape all the time he was not averse to hitting them with a few Interval sessions and also his famous 2 miles of 50 yd dashes to "Bring them on". ie : Get them ready to race.
Contrary to popular opinion, Arthur did use Interval training (various distances etc) a lot in his programmes. But he only did so when the athletes were superbly conditioned.

I heard some of the old timers talking once about how Arthur gave Halberg some intense track workouts prior to him tackling the NZ 6 mile record back in the late 1950's).
Murray ran something like 27:40 on a grass track.
The reason he did that was Percy Cerutty was touring NZ at the time and said something along the lines that "No Kiwi could run any decent times for anything over 3 miles".

I really like your comment about the Heart
"However, if we have a healthy heart, we never actually run out of oxygen, no matter how hard we run".
Arthur really took that idea to 'Heart" (literally). He really pushed the idea that the longer running developed an efficient Cardiovascular system and that was the kwey to good running.
I look at myself now with a resting Heart rate of 48 and BP of 110/70. I recently turned 59 and can still run with my athletes.


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