Strength or Endurance?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created November 15, 2011 at 4:48 PM

Seem like yet another false choice? Let me shift the question out of the rhetorical mode, so as to not to run afoul of censorious PH monitors. If you have come to realizations similar to that of Sarah Wilson (strength and endurance are not opposed)) as described below, how did the realizations make themselves known to you? Stages, steps, insights, Eureka moments, etc.


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on November 15, 2011
at 11:21 PM

She makes a great point, and the insanely strong and fit people in the crossfit games add some punctuation to that.

Athletes may not care about the nuances of biochemistry, but I think the issue is whether you're stimulating the AMPK (endurance exercise) or mTOR (strength) pathways. The length of time spent on the endurance training has a large effect, but the basic point is that they inhibit each other.

That being said, I see no reason why endurance athletes shouldn't lift weights.



This guys says exercise stimulates both, I'm gonna do some more research on this




on November 15, 2011
at 11:01 PM

Hmm, not sure exactly what you mean.

My lifting buddy and I have the same 1 rep max on bench, but if we throw 185 on the bar and go for reps he blows me out of the water. I would say his greater muscle endurance makes him stronger than I am.



on November 15, 2011
at 09:41 PM

I was a wrestler...we knew the two were equally important to competing at a high level.


on November 15, 2011
at 04:54 PM

Strength is universal, and creates real endurance. Most people equate 'endurance' with aerobic cycle conditioning, which is specific to certain movements...

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