Ranking Concurrent Training Gains

Ranking Concurrent Training Gains Whether you're trying to build strength and endurance for team sports or a personal fitness goal, combining these two types of training is a great option for busy people who don't have a lot of time to spend in the gym. A study published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise offers advice on concurrent workout planning.

Researchers had 16 physically active young men perform endurance exercise before strength sets two to three times weekly for 24 weeks. Another 18 subjects reversed the order to strength first then endurance exercise with the same 24-week schedule. Although there were no significant changes in body fat, both groups improved time to exhaustion, aerobic power and one rep max while realizing a 3% increase in lean mass and between 14% to 16% increase in muscle cross-sectional area.

True Strength Moment: Although scientist reported no significant differences between groups, the subjects who worked strength first posted slightly more impressive gains in muscle size and strength. We just thought you'd like to know.
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