fartlek

[fahrt-lek]

noun

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

Origin of fartlek

1950–55; < Swedish fart speed + lek play
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British Dictionary definitions for fartlek

fartlek

noun

sport another name for interval training

Word Origin for fartlek

Swedish, literally: speed play
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Word Origin and History for fartlek
n.

1952, Swedish, from fart "speed" (cf. Old Norse fara "to go, move;" see fare (v.)) + lek "play" (cf. Old Norse leika "play;" see lark (v.)).

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