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Train Both Max Strength & Endurance?


#1

Hi guys,

just wondering if its possible to train for both max strength and endurance, and how would you structure such a program.

For example, I want to train for a one arm pullup increase my pullup max reps as well.

For strength, 3x3 thrice a week
For endurance, one set max in am, one set max in pm 2-3 times per week

or something like that.

Possible?


#2

One thing I’ve learned from attempting to train both endurance and strength, at the same time, is you will never be good at both. Baring genetics gifts bordering x-men status, you will never be strong enough if you are an endurance athlete or fast enough as a strength athlete. So pick one, and run with it, or find a balance your comfortable with and aim for that. Now, about your pullups question I believe that is achievable. There are videos of guys doing just that all over the net, try beast skills or gym jones.


#3

Get your max strength up, like over 2x bw squat, deadlift, bench.
Check out Alpha.
http://www.5100block.com/blog/alpha
and his log on here(you’ll have to search), look up warrior athlete.


#4

I think one should always train for max strength, but I think that your max strength won’t be what it would be if you were only lifting and also eating a lot.

I’m in this Conditioning forum because I also enjoy running and walking and hiking, so I’m willing to give up some strength (though I think the worries about losing strength and mass are over-stated while doing cardio) in return for my conditioning.

The thing is I think if you drop weight that will help a lot for that one-arm pull up. I notice that when I’m at my heaviest (270 about 7 or 8 months ago) then I can only do about 3 pull ups in a set, with only about 4 or 5 sets possible in a day.
Now at 245 I can do 5 sets of 5.