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Aug 26, 2015

Vinnie Tortorich and Andy Schreiber discuss Zone 2 simply on today's Wednesday edition of the Angriest Trainer podcast.



  • Just came back from a week of crewing in the desert
  • Vinnie records at least 4 shows a week -- that's quite a lot!
  • Over 450 or some odd episodes up 


  • There are 5 zones, although most people only need to think of zones 1-4 
  • Everyone has an anaerobic threshold 
    • Zone 5: where your body goes when lactic acid production > lactic acid clearing 
      • This is for intense athletes
  • Zone 1: basically walking, maybe a fast walk
  • Zone 2: When you're breathing hard, but can still have a conversation 
  • You can get a test in a lab to tell you what your threshold for zone 2 is 
  • Poor man's way: take 180, subtract by age, add a few points if you are very active and anywhere in there you are hitting zone 2 (heart rate)
    • Slow up a bit if you are in zone 3, because then you are burning more glycogen than fat 
  • If you are looking to PR a marathon, look into some zone 3 and 4 
  • Best way to stay in shape AND burn fat! 
  • Little sprint spurts (only if you have a good base) are fine
  • Do this for minimum of 8 wks (Vinnie recommends 12 wks)