I have a friend who is really into strength training right now. He is required to begin a new training schedule that is heavy on endurance training. How much strength will someone loose if they were to focus mostly on endurance training??
Thank you for your question! First we must define strength and in doing so I think we can drastically help you in your programming dilemma. Strength is defined as the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce internal tension and exert resistance against an external force. Point: Traditional strength training programs concentrate on usually one form of strength training - absolute strength. Absolute strength develops strength in individual muscles and in one plane of motion and is often performed on machines. Seeing as there are many types of strength (see below) it is important to assess which strength your client needs. VARIOUS FORMS OF STRENGTH
Bottom line: Performing the exercises you mentioned your friend is not about to perform endurance type training. He is about to perform very challenging functional, stabilization and relative (if body weight only is used) forms of strength exercises. If his form is perfect in the exercise list mentioned then increase the intensity so his strength increases.
- Instead of a Push-Up perform a push-up with a rotation
- Sit-Up on a ball using a DB or med-ball
- Pull-Ups utilizing various grips, maybe a weight-vest if his form is perfect.
Use the exercise library for more creative ideas. Remember, your body does not know how much weight your using. Do not use weight as a measure of progression, use FORM.