On just about a daily basis, Kurt and I get questions about what we feel are the optimal ways to train if you're an endurance athlete. Do we believe higher volume training is a necessary component for success over long distances, or do we believe "minimalist" training is the way to go. What we preach and believe is born from a variety of factors: first and foremost, our personal experience gleaned from many years of trial and error, scientific study and research, and our daily work with athletes of every ability level and from every walk of life. What results is a company philosophy and belief system grounded in three things.
1. We believe in training for the betterment of the body (and mind), not to their detriment.
2. We should learn how to establish, develop, and own quality movement first.
3. Each of us is unique. We all have individual natural attributes, goals and dreams, and likes and dislikes.
My own background is a testament to what I personally believe and what I have lived: I ran my marathon PR of 2:39:37 at Boston on a low weekly average of 45miles of running, with a great deal of supplemental stability and strength training added to the mix. That being said, there ARE a great many factors that go into what might be the best approach for you. In today's podcast, we discuss a variety of factors that might help you determine the best path.
- Intensity and volume represent an inverse relationship: when one goes up, the other should go down, right?
- What kind of experience do you have as an athlete? Do you have the requisite aerobic "plumbing" necessary for success as an endurance athlete?
- If you are imbalanced or moving poorly, will a higher intensity minimalist type training program increase your risk of injury?
- The scientific evidence is irrefutable: Intensity is the prime driver for improving fitness! But its a risk - reward equation. Is higher intensity worth the increased risk of injury?
- Does your age matter?
- Amateur athletes training and racing for fun and to enhance the quality of their lives are generally very busy people with many responsibilities that go beyond "just" training. What impact should this have on how you decide to train?
- What about YOUR unique tendencies? Do you love to run or ride for hours on end, or is a 1 hour session about your limit?
- And much more...
We hope you enjoy our podcast on this fun and interesting topic.