Is Your Training Goal Endurance or Strength…Maybe Both?

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What is your training goal? Some of us want to build endurance, and cardiac efficiency . Some of us want to build muscle and tone up, while others would live to see improvement in both. Training is very specific. How you train determines what results you get. Achieving your goals is directly related to how you develop your overall program. Every time we step into a gym, or on a treadmill, or other piece of exercise equipment, in our minds we should have a mental goal of what we want to accomplish that day and next week, next month or for a longer period of time.

Our workouts need to be developed with the current and end goal as the driving force of our activity.

Some thirty odd years ago, scientists determined that simultaneously training for both strength and endurance interfered with muscle growth and strength. Researchers have argued about this since then. I think it fair to say that most of the research on rats that strength exercise activate different biochemical pathways in the cell. Strength training activates the mTOR pathway, which promotes muscle protein synthesis. Endurance training turns on the AMPK pathway, which increases the activity of mitochondria ….. The powerhouse of the cell. Additional researchers found that when doing endurance and strength training in the same workout, signaling for the second tuype of exercise would predominate.

Simply what this means is…..if your goal is to build muscle and strength, practice strength training after your endurance training. If your goal is to build endurance, practice endurance training after strength training. Again, simply said, make your main goal the second thing you do, not the first.

Simple enough. The most important consideration here is to develop a program based on your goals. If the program is not specific to the goal, the goal will be hard to read. If you are not sure how to develop the proper workout for you goals, I can help.

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