The Two Best Ways To Build Endurance As Fast As Possible (Without Destroying Your Body) – Part 2
Posted Mar 29 2013 10:09pm
In part 1 of this chapter , you learned about the concept of polarized training, and the fact that most elite endurance athletes spend approximately 80% of their time training aerobically, 20% of their time performing high-intensity interval training , and (unlike most recreational athletes) very little time performing junk miles in the “no man’s land” intensity zone of training kind of hard, but not quite hard enough.
As I highlighted in part 1, the problem with the method of polarized training is that it takes lots and lots of time. If you’re going to keep nearly all of your training aerobic and relatively low intensity, you must be willing to potentially neglect family, work, friends and other hobbies – and instead devote your precious time to exercise for long periods of time at an easy pace.
And while there is nothing inherently wrong with spending lots of time training (especially if that’s what you love to do) there are other methods that you can use to achieve similar fitness adaptations with significantly fewer hours (Daussin et al. 2008).
So in this section, you’re going to discover exactly what those alternative training methods are…and how you can be what I call an “ancestral athlete” (similar an ancient hunter-gatherer, a persistence hunter or a primal warrior).