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Known for its quirky, twisted humor while pushing you through bike trainer workouts, The Sufferfest has branched into run training videos. Its foray into treadmill sessions—three different high-intensity interval workouts—had us motivated, entertained and dripping in sweat.
“The Machine” ($10, Thesufferfest.com) is a 35-minute video focused on hill climbing using race footage from marathons around the world. The 29-minute “Revolver” workout ($10) is purely focused on speed with one-minute, maximum-effort intervals set to marathon and Diamond League Track and Field footage. And the 47-minute “Steamroller” workout ($11), also featuring marathon and track and field footage, will have you building all-around speed with intervals varying in length from 10 seconds to four minutes. Each was designed by Neal Henderson, current coach to professional triathletes Cameron Dye and Flora Duffy, and is timed to upbeat music and peppered with technique tips and motivational messages (e.g., “Suck it up—there’s far worse suffering to come.”) all in line with the concept of you representing your native nation of Sufferlandria, a land of “pain, agony, misery” as well as “honor, glory, victory.” The videos are great for maximizing treadmill training time in the winter months, and by the end, you’ll actually (well, virtually) feel like you’re running with the Kenyans.
The Sufferfest Running Training 3 Video Bundle
The Machine, Steamroller and Revolver, $28, Thesufferfest.com