Research shows that both low and high-intensity endurance exercise improve as a result of maximal strength and explosive strength training. Without looking too deeply into the science, the key benefits include greater leg strength, greater velocity at VO2 max, improved endurance performance (both short and long-term), enhanced exercise efficiency and improve lactate threshold. All of these key beneficial improvements are related to enhanced neuromuscular coordination, conversion of muscle fibre type and increased strength; with improved efficiency being the major benefit.
This doesn’t mean that strength training should be used alone to improve performance; it must be done alongside endurance training in a method known commonly as concurrent training.
With the common thought that completing strength training will make you ‘bulky’ and ‘slow, it is important to consider strength training as a beneficiary to your endurance performance, and not a hindrance. Recent studies indicate the best way to incorporate strength training into endurance work is to: incorporate strength training at least 2x a week using a periodised training programme, combining heavy strength and explosive strength/plyometrics and ensuring exercise selection is specific to the sport in hand. This is where a ‘Strength and Conditioning’ membership at Technique Health and Fitness can help…
Our experienced coaches utilise evidence and research-based systems that integrates performance with injury prevention. Our bespoke programming is goal-focused and designed to suit your individual schedule and availability status. You will be monitored by Technique coaches, with the opportunity for elite-level exercise physiology testing in our state-of-the-art facilities. If the virtual membership is more suited for you, our coaches will provide in-gym and out-of-gym sessions, have regular catch ups virtually and will provide you with the best tutorial training videos to assist you with your training.
Between them, our experienced coaches and physiotherapists have a diverse range of sports science degrees and accreditations to merit their knowledge, including: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy (CSP), UK Strength and Conditioning Association (UKSCA), Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC0, The Institute of Osteopathy (iO) and the General Osteopathic Council (GOsC). We are London’s most qualified sports medicine clinic. Sign up NOW!