Endurance Athletes

Interval Training for Runners is Great for Speed!

Assuming that you are in good physical condition and have built a reasonable aerobic base (you're comfortable at sustained running for 30 minutes or more on a regular basis), interval training can be your best choice for improving fitness, developing running economy, and getting faster. You do not need to be

How To Be More Efficient and Powerful on the Bike

Becoming efficient on the bike not only equates to a stronger and faster cyclist, it also translates to a more efficient run off the bike. The first step in being efficient on your bike is to have a professional bike fit. A good fit may include changes in your saddle height, fore/aft position,

Running with a Hydration Belt on Endurance Hour

If you find yourself running hot weather climates, then the Nathan Sports Insulated Trail Mix Plus belt makes an excellent choice. It comes with two 10-ounce insulated Fire and Ice flasks that will keep water cooler for longer. The two flasks are held in their trademark SpeedFit holsters for easy

Vertical Kicking 101 on Endurance Hour

Vertical kicking is a challenging drill great for promoting an efficient flutter kick. Instead of kicking across the pool along the surface of the water, vertical kicking takes place in a stationary position in the deep end. The challenge of this drill lies in keeping your nose and mouth above

Fartlek Training for Swimmers on Endurance Hour

Fartlek is a type of training where you do long, straight swimming interjected with random bursts of speed. (Fartlek is Swedish for “speed play.”) Here’s an example. Let’s say you were doing a 1500 swim with a swim snorkel mounted to your grill. Every 200 or so you would break into

Endurance Hour: Physics of Swimming Propulsion

Swimmers propel themselves through the water by a combination of kicking the legs and pulling water with the arms. Their arms are used as levers to propel the swimmer through the water. This is made difficult by the drag force, which is opposite the direction of the pulling arm.  The greater

Endurance Hour: Keys to Running Faster

Runners are in constant pursuit of a big PR. While outside factors like weather and terrain can play a role in the numbers on the clock at the finish line, the lion’s share of improvements are the result of good old-fashioned hard work. Tweak a few aspects of training and

Endurance Hour: How To Reduce Drag in the Water

Drag is the resistance that water exerts on your body as you move through it. There are two phases of drag, known as passive drag and active drag. Passive drag is the resistance a swimmer meets while swimming forward. Active drag is the resistance a swimmer exerts.There are three main

Endurance Hour: The Benefits of Trail Running

Trail running offers elements of stability of the core and hips and incorporates all aspects of running fitness:  technique, endurance, strength, threshold and speed. It can help you run faster, longer, and more efficiently.  Trail running provides a softer surface than road running and you will be less prone to

Endurance Hour: 5 Things Every Runner Must Do Before Their First Marathon

So, are you going to run the first marathon of your life anytime soon and you are looking for do's and don'ts to get running? Running a marathon is not as easy as the smiling selfies of the winners depict. Running for a long distance is for sure a tedious

Endurance Hour: Fears of Open Water Swimming

The gun goes off and you sprint into the water. There’s thrashing, there’s kicking. It’s hectic. All of your technique and breathing rhythm goes out of the window because it feels like you’ve been dropped into a war zone. Just at that moment, someone grabs your ankle. Then someone grabs

Endurance Hour: Check out this HIIT Swimming Workout Routine For Burning Body Fat

You probably already know that swimming may be one of the best activities to work your entire body. When it comes to swimming, the health benefits are virtually endless. There is a lot of swimming routines out there that can help you burn calories and keep you in shape, but

Endurance Hour: Running And Farting, Is It Normal?

Passing gas while running can be a very embarrassing thing. According to a recent survey for the CharcoCaps brand of anti-gas products, 8% of adults find it very uncomfortable and awkward to pass gas while exercising. It seems to be something that everybody worries lots about, despite the fact that

Endurance Hour: Top Three Reasons to Wear Running Arm Sleeves

Running arm sleeves have become a common sight at races and favorite local running trails everywhere. These running sleeves became popularized by elite athletes looking for that next PR and are now used by every day athletes. There are many reasons to use running arm sleeves ranging from increasing comfort

Endurance Hour: The Kettlebell Press – 3 Huge Benefits From This Great Shoulder Exercise!

Shoulder muscle exercises have to be dynamic in nature in order to be effective. As a strength and conditioning professional I can think of no better exercise than the overhead kettlebell press as the lift to give you superior shoulders. This exercise looks simpler than it really is. You see

Endurance Hour: Cycling Versus Stationary Exercise Training

As you go about getting your cardio training in, you may start to wonder what the best method of cardio exercise is. Should you choose one over the other? The debate is often between running and using a stationary exercise trainer, but what about cycling? Where does it fit in? If

Endurance Hour: Key Components of a Training Plan with Timex

Endurance Hour: Do Swim Goggles Matter? (Video Included)

Swimming is a fun activity, but it is more enjoyable when you have the right swim gear on. Swim goggles are some of the items you will find helpful to you during swimming. They are helpful indoors and in low light to offer great visibility. With the goggles, you will

Endurance Hour: How Many Calories Do You Burn by Swimming?

How many calories you burn while swimming depends on your stroke, effort, speed, distance, duration, gender, weight and skill. Because most people swim a mix of strokes at various intensities, computing your exact calorie count is difficult. 19704

Endurance Hour: 5 Things Every Beginner Endurance Cyclist Should Know

In this era of hectic lifestyle, long working hours, frequent business travels, intake of processed and junk food and a persistent habit of skipping meals, your decision to step up as an enthusiastic endurance cyclist may demand some lifestyle changes. While an inherent zeal for fitness and athletic perseverance are

Cycling Nutrition: Eating on the Bike with Wendy Mader

Endurance Hour: Cycling Nutrition, Eating on the Bike

From "Tuned into Cycling": The information in this post has been revised and enhanced in Nutrition for Cyclists: Eating and Drinking Before, During and After the Ride which can be purchased on Amazon.com.  The enhancements include increased attention given to how fats are processed during the ride, an easy-to-calculate metric for evaluating whether