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Aerobic Endurance Training: The Who, When & Where

14 Jun 2016
This entry is part 2 of 5 in the series Aerobic Endurance

This is the second part of a series of five posts on aerobic endurance training. Stay tuned by signing up for blog updates to be notified when other posts are published. Check out part 1: 10 Benefits of Aerobic Endurance.

Now that you’re familiar with the general benefits of aerobic endurance, let’s get into who specifically can benefit from this fitness component and when & where to train for it.

Who Benefits from Aerobic Endurance?


Based on the several benefits listed above, it’s clear that aerobic activity can benefit just about anyone. From stay-at-home parents and desk jockeys to competitive athletes and yogis, aerobic conditioning is a must.

Aerobic conditioning is especially important for endurance sports like obstacle racing, long-distance running, ultra events, adventure racing, and triathlons. Aerobic endurance is also useful for high power sports like basketball, soccer, tennis, and hockey.

If your goals are to improve overall fitness, lose or maintain weight, relieve stress, or other health-related goals, aerobic exercise is a given to include in your fitness program. Walking, running, cycling, swimming, in-gym cardio (machine or group exercise), and circuit training are all ways to improve on aerobic fitness.

When Do You Train for Aerobic Endurance?


Along with core and flexibility training, aerobic exercise forms the foundation of most fitness and athletic programs.

If you are new to structured exercise, some form of aerobic activity will be included in Phase 1 of your exercise program.

New and/or deconditioned athletes would also include aerobic training during the early phases of an exercise program to get in shape and/or shed weight.

Endurance athletes engage in aerobic exercise regularly as means of conditioning and training for sport. Some advanced gym rats and athletes use low to moderately intense aerobic exercise as a form of active recovery from training.

Lastly, in the form of circuit training, some fitness buffs regularly engage in aerobic exercise, combining various muscular endurance, core, dynamic flexibility, balance, and agility drills with little rest in between exercises.

Home, Gym & Outdoors: Where Can You Train for Aerobic Endurance?


Training to improve aerobic endurance can be convenient or complicated depending on your goals.

If your goal is general fitness and/or to build a foundation, you have many options, including walking, running, in-gym cardio, swimming, rowing, circuit training, etc. Depending on what exercise equipment you own, you may be able to engage in aerobic activity at home. Otherwise, you can consider the outdoors or the gym.

If your end-goal is to build upon an existing aerobic base that you’ve built at home or though in-gym cardio in preparation for a sport, like obstacle racing, you may need access to specific facilities. For obstacle and traditional runners, oftentimes the great outdoors or a treadmill is enough, but some also need access to a track or stadium stairs to build speed and power, both of which will help boost aerobic endurance.

For about 80% of the population, getting aerobic exercise done is relatively convenient. Walking, running, and other bodyweight exercises completed in circuits will help you reap the many benefits of regular aerobic activity!


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