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Training for endurance in sport and fitness
Training for endurance in sport and fitness

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This free course has provided you with an explanation of what endurance is, how to train it effectively and the optimal method of distributing training intensity across a programme. The course has also helped you to identify dominant themes in research. The main points covered were:

  • VO2 max, lactate threshold, exercise economy and anaerobic power are all key determinants of endurance performance.
  • Pace/tempo training, interval training, high-intensity interval training and Fartlek training will create beneficial adaptations for all determinants of endurance performance depending on the intensity and duration of exercise.
  • Resistance training for endurance athletes should focus on developing strength and power rather than endurance.
  • Polarised training is more effective than threshold training at enhancing endurance performance.
  • It is the trainer’s responsibility to understand the underpinning science of each technique/model to determine the most appropriate one for your individual athlete.

This OpenLearn course is an adapted extract from the Open University course E236 Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .