Strength Training For Endurance

Want to increase your time to exhaustion in an event where endurance is a critical factor in any competitor's success? A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research analyzed the gains made during an 8-week strength training program using 19 college aged men as subjects.

Compared to subjects who didn't strength train, maximum power increased an average of 7.9%, constant power improved 39% and strength increased 30%. Time to exhaustion also increased, but not critical power.

True Strength Moment: Critical power is a measurement of physical work rate expressed in watts, so it might not be the best way to gauge endurance improvements. This research shows that 8 weeks of strength training can help you measure up more effectively in a number of areas key to athletic performance.
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