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This is a version of Threshold Training I am playing around with. Physiologically I am not absolutely certain where this sits, but let’s look at what Threshold Training is:
The purpose of this method is to train at or around the anaerobic threshold in order to:
1. Improve the amount of power generated at threshold
2. Increase the ability to maintain good posture, range of motion, and technique under fatigue
During anaerobic metabolism, the body burns stored sugars to supply the additional energy needed, and lactic acid is produced faster than it can be metabolized. Muscle pain, burning and fatigue make anaerobic energy expenditure difficult to sustain for longer than a few minutes. This is what we want to develop some capacity to resist and help with our overall capacity to recover from multiple “Power Plays”. But what’s important to know is that it’s not lactic acid (and we now change to Lactate) that causes the burn or fatigue.
Many people use the term Anaerobic Threshold. Another term we can use, which I prefer, is Lactate Threshold Training.
You will need to find out what your Threshold is. The most common test and safest from a wear and tear POV is probably the 30 minute cycle test. Go as hard as you can for 30 mins and take average HR for last 20 mins. That’s an estimate of your Lactate Threshold. It’s not perfect but really we just need an area. What we are really measuring is blood lactate, and there are more accurate but expensive and time consuming methods of taking that.
This approach is born out of 2 things:
- boredom, most approaches to Threshold Training is about working consistently at 65-85% of your max for 5+ mins on a bike or running. Bike training can be ferociously boring, running for distance is not suited to a lot of field sport athletes and many at low levels may even have to slow down to a trot or walk to maintain the level.
- Trying to include movements that might be a bit more field sport transferable
To be continued......