Posts tagged muscular strength
What is Base Training

During preseason, a common phrase you’ll hear thrown around is base training.  So what is it? In a nutshell, there are two main types of training: aerobic and anaerobic.  Aerobic training focuses on improving cardiorespiratory endurance.  Anaerobic training focuses on increasing muscular strength and your body’s ability to buffer lactic acid in the body.  So when we are base training, we are trying to keep our body in an aerobic state.  Anaerobic training is still important to the endurance athlete, but for the sake of discussion, we will keep this to the base training and talk about anaerobic training in another article.

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Integrating sprint work into your training regimen is a great thing to do throughout the year. You will benefit in race situations whether on the MTB or road/cyclocross bikes. Focused sprint efforts give you a variety of benefits from accelerating quicker with faster recovery, building overall muscular strength as well as making improved neuromuscular connections.

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