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fartlek

[ fahrt-lek ]

noun

  1. a training technique, used especially among runners, consisting of bursts of intense effort loosely alternating with less strenuous activity.


fartlek

/ ˈfɑːtlɛk /

noun

  1. sport another name for interval training


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Word History and Origins

Origin of fartlek1

1950–55; < Swedish fart speed + lek play

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Word History and Origins

Origin of fartlek1

Swedish, literally: speed play

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Example Sentences

Fartlek is a Scandinavian word meaning “speed play,” and the originators used fartlek running as a way to get in a speed workout without the requirement of a marked track or course, using effort as the measure rather than pace.

To execute fartlek, you can switch from your usual pace or distance guidelines to time.

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