Perspectives on Correct Approaches to Training

  • Carl Foster
  • Jack T. Daniels
  • Stephen Seiler


The life of endurance athletes is about effort, effort during competition and especially effort during training. In preparation for an Olympic competition in the marathon, a race of about 2 hours, an elite runner may train 20 hours per week for nine months or more. In other sports such as cycling, swimming or Nordic skiing, the number of training hours may exceed this. In individuals willing to spend the time and effort to do the requisite training, remarkable endurance performances are possible. This ability to improve with training presents a seductive lure to do more and more training in quest of achieving a desired competitive result. However, it is clear that without the basic ability to perform at a good level with minimal training, no amount of training will “make a thoroughbred out of a plow horse”.


Training Volume Endurance Athlete Interval Training Training Load Maximal Lactate Steady State 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carl Foster
    • 1
  • Jack T. Daniels
    • 2
  • Stephen Seiler
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Exercise and Sport ScienceUniversity of Wisconsin-LaCrosseLaCrosse
  2. 2.SUNY-CortlandCortland
  3. 3.Agder CollegeKristiansandNorway

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