Women push the (interval) pace

New research shows that women work harder than men during self-regulated intervals.

We don’t prefer to engage in a battle of the sexes, but in this case, we have to give a point to the ladies. In a recent study published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, women were found to run at a higher percentage of their maximum heart rate (96-97%) than men (around 92%). The subjects, all experienced runners, ran sets of 4-minute intervals while working at the highest level of intensity they could maintain. Both genders rated the workouts the same degree of toughness, yet women worked harder. Matt Laurent, Ph.D., the head researcher, explained to Runner's World Newswire, "I think what our data show is that there appears to be meaningful differences in how men and women self-regulate their workouts."

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