Training for Aerobic vs. Muscular PowerMay 28, 2022
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Power Training looks very different for Aerobic vs. Strength athletes
- Strength/ Power Athletes (ex: olympic lifting, football, sprinting, pole vault)
- Tend to emphasize high rate of force development exercises (box jumps, broad jumps, depth jumps, etc.)
- These exercises emphasize producing force quickly and producing large amounts of force.
- This provides beneficial neuromuscular adaptations for power athletes but could be detrimental to aerobic athletes because they need SUSTAINED Power.
- Aerobic Athletes (ex: runners, triathletes, distance swimmers)
- Emphasize capacity to maintain power
- Training with intervals, Fartlek workouts, threshold/pace/ tempo work!
- Aerobic Power training adaptations come from improving aerobic and anaerobic work capacity to sustain power for longer.
Bottom Line: Not all power training is created equal.
If you are (or are training) an endurance athlete, focus on sustained power over maximal power.
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