Balancing strength, endurance and speed?!

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    Balancing strength, endurance and speed?!

    I have been wondering about this for a long time, but was never able to put it into words (I still don't know if I'll get it right).

    Is it possible to balance strength, endurance and speed, till a plateau of course? And if, so how should I go about doing it?

    Some info about me. I'm 156cm short and weigh 52kg (varies day to day). Strength wise I pretty sorted, but would really like to do it for longer. Running wise, well, what's running. Also it's worth saying that the work I do requires a lot of different "skills". Some days I'll do heavy lifting (hold 30kg object in position), while other days I'll do repetitive light movements (sanding a peace of wood).

    Any information will be helpful.

    #2
    I would suggest a general fitness training route.

    High knees are pretty good for running speed (do it fast) + endurance (do it long), maybe HIIT workouts with high knees in it. There's the Endurance Challenge which also seems pretty good.

    You can start loosely and train the area that you are least good at. You get the result fastest that way.

    Also, train your core.

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      #3
      Thank you kandy. Least good at would definitely be running, so High knees and HIIT it is.

      Maybe I should start with the total abs program again.

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        #4
        Yeah... I've been wondering about this too.

        For strength, well there's strength training.

        I've learnt that, for endurance, you need to do longer workouts. You can also train for endurance when you do strength training (do it faster, slower for strength)

        For me, endurance is all about traditional cardio.

        Speed would be HIIT. But HIIT also builds strength. HIIT is my favourite anyway.

        Anyway, that's all I know...

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          #5
          I think endurance is cardio + muscular endurance.
          You know it when, after running or other sporting for a while, you breathe fine but your legs/other muscles get tired, or vice versa. With that being said, you can test yourself and find out your weak spot through a prolonged period of exercises/ activities of your choice.

          P.S. Witbuks Have you looked at 30 Days of Change? Maybe you will like it.

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            #6
            Originally posted by kandy View Post
            You know it when, after running or other sporting for a while, you breathe fine but your legs/other muscles get tired, or vice versa.
            This is me. When I jog, my lungs are fine but my legs get tired. Even though I've never jogged in my life.

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              #7
              Thank you Nevetharine. kandy the 30 days of change looks great.

              Perhaps I should do 3 days a week of 30 days of change and then 3 days of combat HIIT a week. I read about the benefits of combat moves here.

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                #8
                Witbuks what you are describing is basically you want strength and conditioning.
                Now I myself love training, I like doing various stuff but I'll try and break it down.

                You say your work requires a lot of different skills so I think crossfit training would help, this should be good to start you off it's 100 home crossfit workouts. I am going to start incorporating some of the workouts I have with my own skipping training.

                The crossfit is good for strength and endurance while skipping is good for balance, control, endurance coordination and many other things (check this out)

                If you want any more information, tag me or ask anyone else on here, they're happy to help.

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                  #9
                  Thank you Kakarot.

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