- Putting your muscles under load by lifting heavy things including all forms of resistance exercises, stimulates positive hormonal adaptations, and helps you preserve good technique and maximum power outputs as muscles fatigue during endurance workouts.
- Strength training can help athletes identify functional weaknesses that lead to poor technique, overly stressful workouts and delayed recovery.
- Many endurance athletes fall short of developing the absolute power that endurance athletes are deficient in.
- Endurance athletes over 40 will particularly benefit from strength training, since strength declines more steeply than endurance with aging. Strength sessions will deliver a profound anti-aging effect by preserving muscle mass and optimizing adaptive hormones.
- Sprinting is widely disregarded by mileage-obsessed endurance athletes who don't see the connection between short sprints and endurance performance. Becoming competent in sprinting will improve endurance performance in many ways: reduced perceived fatigue, enhanced fat metabolism, enhanced mitochondrial function and oxygen utilization, improve muscle buffering capacity, and strengthened muscles and connective tissue.
- Sprinting, like strength training, delivers an anti-aging effect by flooding the bloodstream with adaptive hormones and actualizing the anti-aging maxim of "use it or lose it." Athletes should only sprint when 100 percent rested and energized to deliver a peak performance. Extensive warmup and technique drills should be performed before delivering maximum efforts.
- Sprinting increases your resilience to physical and psychological fatigue at lower intensity levels. Your muscles regenerate energy faster and your central nervous system recalibrates so slower paces feel easier.
Strength and Sprint Training is as important for the endurance athlete as it is for any athlete or individual training for life longevity. Strength and sprint training have the following effects for the endurance athlete.
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