Concurrent training: There’s nothing to be afraid of
Athletes can gain huge benefits from simultaneously training endurance and strength, despite early research suggesting it can be harmful.
Ben Andrews, a leading strength and conditioning coach based in Australia, is a huge advocate of concurrent training, and says it has many positive impacts.
“[Concurrent training is defined as] the specific training of endurance and strength capabilities in immediate succession, or with up to 24 hours of recovery separating the two exercise modes,” he said during his Science for Sport presentation titled ‘Concurrent Training’.
“The goal is to simultaneously develop a number of qualities – [for example] lower body power, lateral and linear speed, upper body strength, anaerobic capacity, aerobic capacity.
“Athletes that are elite in multiple qualities often have game-changing ability … yes, Christiano Ronaldo has an elite vertical leap, but he has also got elite level-top speed, change of direction, [and is] known as one of the best runners in the league.”