August 2nd, 2017

High-Volume Resistance Training for Endurance

What can 8 weeks of high-volume lower body weight training do for endurance athletes? Improvements in leg strength would be a common assumption. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research suggests the adaptations extend beyond the obvious.
 
Twenty male subjects took an incremental cycling test before and after they added high-volume resistance training to their regular endurance workouts. Twice a week, they did 4 sets of leg press, leg curl and leg extension exercises each for 15 reps. Leg press and leg curl strength improved significantly. They were also able to delay the onset of blood lactate accumulation.