If you’ve been involved in any sport over the past decade or two you’ll have no doubt that training no longer just involves time doing that sport.
As we hurtle towards 2020 and beyond, being ‘fit’ for your discipline is not an advantage, it is a prerequisite.
This month we’ll look at improving your performance by improving your endurance.
Unfortunately, due to the range of disciplines covered by this newsletter it is impossible to provide an ‘endurance program’, but I can help you improve your program.
What is Endurance Training?
When I discuss ‘endurance training’ with of my athletes in their initial assessment they almost always equate it to running, cycling or swimming for a long time (30 minutes or more).
The other theme that comes up is that it is almost always done in a continuous manner (e.g. a 5km run).
In other words, the paradigm many people adhere to in their endurance training is long, relatively slow and continuous training.
Unfortunately this is paradigm is not the only way to improve endurance, and may even be detrimental to your performance.
Fundamentally I need to understand the following question:
What is it you have to endure?
For clues to the answer, think about the following:
1. Do you have to repeat short, high intensity efforts? Or do you have to endure a single, long, continuous, lower intensity effort?
2. Does your event consist of many motos in a day? A single race? Or is it over multiple days?
3. Is it a specific, static posture you have to maintain? Or many, always moving (dynamic) postures?
4. Which body parts fatigue first? In other words, what is limiting your performance? Running or cycling miles upon miles isn’t going to help much if it’s your arms that are the first to let you down.
5. What time of the ‘season’ are you currently training in? Generally speaking, the further you are from your most important races, the less specific your training needs to be.
6. What does the fatigue feel like? There are many types of fatigue (think of the differences between hill-sprint fatigue and 10km run fatigue) and it is important your training builds up your resistance to that fatigue.
Having clear answers to these questions will give you an understanding of what it is you have to ‘endure’; and are clues as to what your endurance training program should look like.
For more information, seek a professional (Level 2 or 3) Australian Strength & Conditioning Association certified coach.
Alternatively, contact me on 0409 625 263 or email email@example.com.
Grant Jenkins is Strength & Conditioning Coach who specialises in improving the performance of Extreme & Action Sport athletes.