What do a hamster, a shark, a leopard and an airplane have in common? HINT: They are all things that, as a Sufferlandrian, are much slower than you.
We're celebrating the start of the @giroditalia with an homage to the Speed Demon. https://t.co/jVJ0MEVXRa pic.twitter.com/2gHpd4URXL — The Sufferfest (@TheSufferfest) May 2, 2016
They are also featured in one of our classic speed workouts, Violator. With the Giro d'Italia starting in a few days we thought we'd remind you of all the times you've hurtled yourself towards the finish line (or motivate you to experience it for the very first time - you won't regret it*!).
Sir Lee insinuates that even a Couchlandrian could do it. Those are fighting words, Sir Lee!
Sir Aad uses it to work on his weaknesses:
Dame Jo has gained an appreciation of relativity in her interactions with Violator:
@TriDorisimo kisses her loved ones before she starts...
@TheSufferfest epic assuming I survived...— Karen Gallantry (@TriDorisimo) May 2, 2016
Violator is, pure and simple, about sprinting. The workout is designed by elite cycling coach Neal Henderson of Apex Coaching, and it’s the same one he gives to the professional cyclists in his care. Featuring a total of 64** sprints, with durations of 5, 10 and 15 seconds, this is focused, determined training that will ensure you take your rightful place as the Speed Demon of Sufferlandria.
The footage is from the 2013 Giro d'Italia. You're elbow-to-elbow with the world's best sprinters, including Mark Cavendish, the Manx Missile, in the prime of his life. Honour, glory & victory are on the line. And you don't have any teammates to help you get there!
It’s not everyday you have a cycling training video that features pop, electro, Italian hip hop, opera and instrumental…but, hey, this isn’t just any video!
One of our favourites is Se Ne Va by Blonde Millionaire.
I'm a sprinter but find it hard to sprint on an indoor trainer or turbo, you say? Treat Violator as an opportunity to work on your form and applying power while maintaining total control of your body as it unleashes enough watts to burn a piece of toast.
I'm no sprinter - is Violator right for me? Quite simply yes, because Violator can...
* You may regret it.
** It's honestly only 64 sprints, we promise!
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