7 Things Every Athlete Should Do pt. 4 - Aerobics???

There's going to be quite a few lists this week, but in case you've missed the last few blogs it would really behoove you to check them out.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Well let me just start today by saying that I'm not actually talking about aerobics like this gem; no need to watch the whole thing, just a little bit will suffice.

I maybe just wanted an excuse to put that in there.

No, today I'm talking about aerobics in terms of the aerobic energy system. For those of you keeping track at home this is number 3 in our list of 7 things every athlete should do. And it's something I've talked a lot about in previous series. You can check out one of the posts HERE, and links to the other ones are in it. I'm pretty much doing an inception, but with articles.

 

But I digress...

Much like the concept that strength is a glass, and the bigger the glass the more you can put in it, the aerobic system is a glass. The better developed your aerobic system is, the better you can recover, resulting in better performance.

We often look at recovery as an "outside the lines" type of thing. And we look at what athletes are doing when they're not competing.

But we need to take that a step further and look at how they're recovering when they're competing. I will  spare you the science, but two good guys that can speak to it more are renowned trainers Mike Robertson and Joel Jamieson. To make a long story short, the better an athlete's aerobic system is, the longer they'll last in games because their body is pumping oxygenated blood a lot more efficiently.

Fatigue makes cowards of us all, but the better the base of aerobic training is the better you'll be. 

The biggest mistake I think we as trainers and coaches make is foregoing the boring aerobic training and jumping right into the fun stuff like sled work and suicides...the stuff that will run our athletes into the ground and lets them feel like they worked hard. 

Don't get me wrong, that stuff actually does have a time and place but it's not where we should start. Our primary focus in the young athlete's development ought to be reducing their resting heart rate. And that's most effectively done by training the aerobic energy system.

Probably the easiest way to do so in regards to the heart is Cardiac Capacity. I've written all about it HERE. The key is to remember that training the aerobic energy system doesn't mean going out and running a marathon. It's about building your muscles, heart, and overall physiology to run more efficiently. 

This type of training NEEDS to be a staple in any athlete's development.

-Dave

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