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.