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Is Long Duration Aerobic Exercise Necessary for Anaerobic Athletes?

Murach, Kevin A. MS1; Bagley, James R. MS1; Pfeiffer, Charles J. Jr CSCS2

Section Editor(s): Brown, Lee EdD, CSCS*D, FNSCA

Strength & Conditioning Journal: April 2013 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 44–46
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0b013e31828b4fde
Point/Counterpoint

ABSTRACT: LONG DURATION AEROBIC EXERCISE HAS LONG BEEN A STAPLE OF TRAINING PROGRAMS FOR BOTH AEROBIC AND ANAEROBIC ATHLETES. WITHOUT QUESTION, THIS MODE OF TRAINING HAS THE POTENTIAL TO INDUCE NUMEROUS PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS WHICH ENHANCE METABOLIC AND CARDIOVASCULAR PERFORMANCE. HOWEVER, MUCH DEBATE EXISTS OVER WHETHER OR NOT ANAEROBIC ATHLETES ARE ABLE TO ACHIEVE THESE SAME ADAPTATIONS THROUGH OTHER FORMS OF EXERCISE. THIS QUESTIONS THE NECESSITY OF LONG DURATION AEROBIC EXERCISE FOR THESE ATHLETES. THE FOLLOWING COLUMN WILL ARGUE FOR (PRO) AND AGAINST (CON) THE NEED FOR ANAEROBIC ATHLETES TO ENGAGE IN LONG DURATION AEROBIC EXERCISE.

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1Human Performance Laboratory, Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana; and

2Center for Sport Performance, California State University, Fullerton, California

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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COLUMN EDITOR: Andrew J. Galpin, PhD, CSCS, NCSA-CPT

Kevin A. Murach is a doctoral research fellow in Human Bioenergetics at the Ball State University Human Performance Laboratory.

James R. Bagley is a doctoral candidate in Human Bioenergetics at the Ball State University Human Performance Laboratory.

Charles J. Pfeiffer is an assistant Track & Field coach in Orange County, CA and a graduate student at the Center for Sport Performance at California State University, Fullerton.

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