Aerobic Training Compromises Sports Conditioning

Coach Mike Boyle

Coach Mike Boyle explains why aerobic training is not conducive to sports conditioning for speed and power sports.

Interval training develops aerobic capacity, raises V02 Max, and burns body fat greater and faster than aerobic training.

After a general aerobic conditioning period of several weeks, aerobic training should not be performed by those seeking to increase speed and explosiveness.

Power-related work must be performed to maintain white, or power related muscle fiber and to promote the shift of transitional, or intermediate fiber to white power related muscle fiber.

Endurance must be limited to prevent the conversion of transition or intermediate muscle fiber (IIa) to red, endurance muscle fiber (I).

Also see Concurrent Training and Periodization.

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