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In-Season Endurance Training

Hey guys. I’ve been thinkng how according to the most successful coaches and trainees, during the in-season, you are supposed to maintain your strength and muscle mass gains and not develop them. So, If this is true then are you supposed to only maintain and not develop your endurance as well during the in-season?

I know I’m going to regret this…

Endurance takes years. Ask anyone that has been thru a 20 games season to a 40 games season to a 80 games season. Ask anyone that goes from 5k to 10k to half marathon to marathon to ultra marathon…Ask anyone that has gone from 2-3 rounds, to 5-6 rounds to 10-12 rounds…

If your off season training is spot on, you will be ready for the season and “should” be able to maintain (diet and life dependant).

Your endurance will get better (it has no choice if you play more but will probably leave you drained at the end of the season), but you do not train for it. You train to maintain and leave everything on the course/rink/ring.

[quote]JFG wrote:
I know I’m going to regret this…

Endurance takes years. Ask anyone that has been thru a 20 games season to a 40 games season to a 80 games season. Ask anyone that goes from 5k to 10k to half marathon to marathon to ultra marathon…Ask anyone that has gone from 2-3 rounds, to 5-6 rounds to 10-12 rounds…

If your off season training is spot on, you will be ready for the season and “should” be able to maintain (diet and life dependant).

Your endurance will get better (it has no choice if you play more but will probably leave you drained at the end of the season), but you do not train for it. You train to maintain and leave everything on the course/rink/ring.[/quote]

Okay, that makes sense. So, don’t train to directly develop endurance during the in-season. However, you’re saying that endurance should get somewhat better during the in-season as a “side effect” of practicing your sport skills and playing more during the season than in the off-season. Thanks.

[quote]Bull_Scientist wrote:
Okay, that makes sense. So, don’t train to directly develop endurance during the in-season. However, you’re saying that endurance should get somewhat better during the in-season as a “side effect” of practicing your sport skills and playing more during the season than in the off-season. Thanks.[/quote]

Endurance is very specific.

A man who can run a 5:00 mile with no sweat is not guaranteed to be able to handle BJJ rolling or a boxing match.