With September around the corner, I wanted to review one of the more famous Clyde Hart “Monday” workouts.
It’s the 200 meter repeats.
Now, any clown with a whistle and clipboard (**cough cough Coach Al cough cough**) can dish out a workout. But I believe in asking questions first. Why are you doing this workout?
In short, the answer is how much, how fast, how much recovery.
In Clyde Hart’s example, he believes as you go fewer in volume, the faster you go with shorter recovery. And I mean short. If you don’t have your aerobic conditioning in place before showing up, believe me, you will rediscover it quickly.
He likes to start his season with 15 x 200m (i.e. 3000m total volume) in about 35 seconds with 2 min 20 sec recovery. Women are about 3 seconds slower.
Then as the season progresses, you get down to 5 x 200m with only 1 min 40 sec recovery for regular College guys.
But of course, Michael Johnson is no ordinary human. His goal was in 3 x 200m with 1 min 30 sec recovery.
If you want to get a logical overview of the repeat 200’s, here it is presented in a chart.