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Muscular Endurance Definition | Fitness, Health & Exercise Glossary

Posted Jan 07 2009 4:38pm

What does Muscular Endurance Mean? Find out the Definition of Muscular Endurance and How to Test for It. 

Definition of Muscular Endurance

Muscular endurance is the ability of a muscle or muscle group to do repeated contractions against a less-than-maximum resistance for a given period of time. This is in contrast to muscular strength, which is the greatest amount of force that a muscle or muscle group can exert in a single effort. 

Many daily activities, including sports and weight training, require muscle endurance. Activities like duration or distance running, biking, skating, swimming and climbing all require muscular endurance, since the muscle is under load or tension for extended periods of time. 

Types of Muscular Endurance

There are three primary types of muscular endurance and activities that require muscular endurance or can help enhance it:

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