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Unread 07-27-2009, 09:14 PM
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Also keei nmind that specificity is a continuum, not an on-off switch. If the ONLy training that would improve performance was specific, a mile runner could only improve by running a mile at race pace. Nobody has trained that way since 1920.

Rather, milers do a lot of aerobic work to develop one capacity
They do strides for neuromuscular efficiency
They do some speed work and lactate buffering work
Some lift weights

It all combines.

Why would intermittent sports be somehow magically different? Why would the only type of training be training that exactly mimicked the sport?

Answer: it isn't and shouldn't be. And the internet brain trust claiming it should simply demonstrate that they have no clue how to train. But they are real good at sales pages.
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Thanks for the response. Makes sense and very helpful, as usual.
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Regarding the SAID principle: Someone once commented on the utility of cross-training for runners, "Your heart can't tell your butt's on a bicycle seat."
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In fact, I had periods of time in which I couldn't run (due to injuries or lack of time issues), but I could do high rep sets of squats, and high rep circuits.

It's not running, but it's enough to mantain a decent endurance level and avoiding endurance loss, because your hurt and lunges don't know if you are running or wanking. They just know that they are working.
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"...your hurt and lunges don't know if you are running or wanking." Not sure if that was intentional or the greatest malapropism of all time. I will be referring to my heart and lungs as my hurt and lunges from now on.
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Regarding the SAID principle: Someone once commented on the utility of cross-training for runners, "Your heart can't tell your butt's on a bicycle seat."
Yup, that's the general adaptation I mentioned. You still have to run at some point but given the pounding of running on the body Compared to other endurance sports) they are the ones most likely to benefit from cross training simply to spare their joints.
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For a truly ridiculous application of the "high intensity" model, see this:

http://figureathlete.tmuscle.com/fre..._to_a_hard_ass

According to the author, we can all look just like an Olympic level sprinter by running 10 seconds, resting one minute, then repeating 8 times (three times a week). Plus the kettlebell, of course. And the glute bridge.

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yeah, a workout that no 100m sprinter has ever done in the history of the sport (ok, maybe in 1930)
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