Training for Endurance

Quantify and evaluate your training
Andrew Hamilton

Endurance – or stamina, or aerobic fitness – is the attribute athletes need to maintain a vigorous pace throughout a distance event and still have enough left in the tank to produce a final competitive surge at the end.

It is also increasingly recognised as important for players of a variety of sports – particularly those involving running (eg football) and lengthy matches (eg tennis).

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The old wisdom was that endurance was developed solely through endurance activity. But nowadays there is a growing awareness that training intensity is as important as duration, that strength training has an important role to play in boosting endurance performance and, further, that other factors like self-belief and even thought processes also have a bearing on the outcome.

Coaches are good at planning training schedules: indeed, most of the ones I know are very thorough – even mathematical – in the detail of their planning. Typically, a coach will plan and add up the amounts of training at different intensity levels and modes required to produce the ideal programme for a given athlete. Training variation, progression and recovery will be planned within or between weekly programmes to maximise the fitness effect.

This book, prepared for you by Sports Performance Bulletin’s expert team of writers, considers endurance performance from a variety of angles.

We hope you enjoy reading this special report and find it helpful in preparing you to perform at the very top of your game.

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Andrew Hamilton BSc Hons, MRSC, ACSM, is a sports science writer and researcher specialising in sports nutrition. A lifelong endurance athlete himself he has worked in the field of fitness and sports performance for over 30 years helping athletes to reach their true potential.