Training for Aerobic vs. Muscular Power

aerobic power muscular power training for power May 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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