Active or passive recovery

Hi there,

I am currently reading your HIIT science book and I recommend you talk about this topic on the podcast as it is generally believed that active recovery is better. “Maximizing work capacity during subsequent intervals. Since active recovery can lower muscle oxygenation (15, 22), impair PCr resynthesis (O2 competition), and trigger anaerobic system engagement during the fol- lowing effort (50), it may be recommended to use passive recovery typically to allow the maintenance of work quality, and in turn, a longer Tlim (i.e., figure 4.7a) (Laursen & Buchheit, 2019).”

Have a great day!


Thanks @Berk … it’s one of my favourite topics with easy practical application to training (cc: @Marjaana @SimpleEnduranceCoach )


Thank you for this - it’s definitely common to think active recovery helps “flush” the lactate - some long lasting misconceptions out there.

We will put this in our podcast topics - we have a few episode on HIIT training coming up so this is timely :smiley: