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I'm trying to figure out why this is still pushed for endurance athletes. When doing squats your only doing 10-30 reps, so I couldn't see this benefitting anything other than building muscle mass. I don't quite see how this "muscle mass" could transfer into better performance for a purely aerobic exercise? If anything I would think it would slow you down.
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phourgenres wrote:
I'm trying to figure out why this is still pushed for endurance athletes. When doing squats your only doing 10-30 reps, so I couldn't see this benefitting anything other than building muscle mass. I don't quite see how this "muscle mass" could transfer into better performance for a purely aerobic exercise? If anything I would think it would slow you down.

Mark Allen recommends it to anyone over 35 and Crowie picked up his strength routine last year and it seems to have worked for him.

http://www.active.com/...rength_Exercises.htm


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If I understand, you build fast twitch cells with things like resistance training and intervals. Long efforts turn those cells into slowtwitch cells. Trying to add only efficiency without adding more muscle mass is difficult. You need to be able to push 24-26 mph... and THEN hold it.

My understanding.
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phourgenres wrote:
I'm trying to figure out why this is still pushed for endurance athletes. When doing squats your only doing 10-30 reps, so I couldn't see this benefitting anything other than building muscle mass. I don't quite see how this "muscle mass" could transfer into better performance for a purely aerobic exercise? If anything I would think it would slow you down.

You are right. It does not give you any gain to add bulky powerful muscle mass.

Just look at the Brownlees, and it's pretty clear that you don't need (or want) extra bulky muscles for peak performance in triathlon. Even if they are powerful ones.
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Strength is not in the 10-30 rep range.... Look at powerlifters olympic lifters who compete in strict weight classes , they only do 1-3 reps and focus of CNS programming via variance of dynamic (speed) and max effort rotations. You can see a 165lb guy benching 185 for 10 reps a setin the gym and he may look bigger / muscular than the guy doing 315 for one rep.


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