Endurance

Endurance- This section contains content on nutritional compounds, dietary practices and training programs, that increase the ability for athletes to perform at high levels, exert themselves and otherwise remain active for a long period of time. For athletic pursuits any activity that lasts over two-minutes (120-seconds), for example anything longer that a 400-meter sprint, is believed use the aerobic energy or endurance system.

American Football is like just about every other sport, in that it has a history of coaches with a little understanding of the sport's demands on its players. Football is a constant stop-start style to play, with the average play lasting no longer than ten seconds, followed by a much longer rest period. It's demands are closer to traditional sprinting and weight training methods. Compared to sports like Rugby or Boxing, where there is a far greater endurance element required. With that said, the sport has a big element of lateral mobility and technical considerations as well.

We all know that muscle endurance is the ability of a muscle or a group of muscles to perform and sustain repeated contractions under or against a resistance for an extended period of time. What does that mean. Usually the period of time is 60seconds, but can be anything. The go to example is the push-up, how many push-ups can you do in 60 seconds? How do I train myself to be able to keep pressing for the duration of those 60 seconds? 

When it comes to strength and endurance athletes focused on building strength alone and have developed various techniques to combine both into one workout. Lets look at a few tips of this dynamic duo.

1. Warming up is key - Before starting an workout, be sure to warm-up properly along with stretching is important to prevent injuries. While performing an endurance and strength training workout, your body engages in both aerobic and anaerobic levels. Please don't skip this step.

Chances are that you have heard of the health benefits of eggs, but did you know that they can be particularly beneficial for any type of endurance activity? Let’s look at all the features of this incredible protein source.

First of all, eggs are considered a high quality protein source which is easily assimilated by the body when ingested. The absorption rate of egg protein is extremely high, with a Biological Value (BV) of 100 for whole eggs, and 88 for egg whites. BV measures the absorption efficiency of a protein, with higher values equating with higher efficiency. The only popular protein source with a higher BV is whey protein.

Endurance is defined as “the ability or strength to continue or last, especially despite fatigue, stress, or other adverse conditions.” Most people associate endurance with powerlifting, running, or crossfit. I associate it with surviving.

I want to direct your attention to a different area of endurance training: Military endurance training.


Anyone who is serious about looking after their body needs to ensure they consume the right kind of nutrition to replace what exercise takes out of the body. But with so many products available, how do you know what works and what doesn’t work? And how do you know that you aren’t overlapping when you take more than one product? Reading labels and understanding what goes into each product as well as how it affects your body is a good place to start. To take it a little further for you, we have come up with three essential supplements that you should be giving back to your body when you are in training.

We all fondly recall Arnold Schwarzenegger’s line in the 1977 documentary “Pumping Iron” about having no fear of throwing up or fainting in the gym. To put everything into that set, rep after rep, “no matter what happens.”