Workout of the Day

Should Strength Athletes Do Endurance Training?

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It’s well accepted that endurance athletes benefit significantly from strength training, but what about the inverse? Do strength athletes benefit from including endurance work in their training?

The short answer is yes.

While a strength athlete -- say, a powerlifter -- may never spend any longer than 15 seconds at a time performing on competition day (and therefore not need any endurance capacity on the stage of competition), their training can itself benefit from the adaptations that come from endurance training. Consider, for example, that some of the adaptations that come from endurance training will enable the strength athlete to handle more volume on a given day, and recover faster from that volume in both the short and long term. Higher volume with faster recovery means greater potential for strength gain, and that means better performance for the powerlifter. Consider also that while that 15 seconds of work done in a max effort squat may not tap into any of the body’s endurance systems, the powerlifter’s recovery in the minutes between those 15 second efforts rests heavily on the body’s oxidative pathway. Turns out, endurance training yields major adaptations in this same pathway. Put another way, the strength athlete with superior endurance capacities will recover faster than the strength athlete without.

Sport specificity is key if you plan to perform at the highest level (or even if you don’t) in any sport, be it cycling or obstacle races or powerlifting. But make no mistake: even the hyper-specific athlete is not immune from the need for a base level of general physical preparedness.

- PS


3/4/19

  • In 30 mins:

    • 2000m row

    • 1 mile run

    • Max distance row