Strength endurance is a term that refers to the body’s ability to sustain a high level of muscular effort over a prolonged period of time. In order to have sufficient strength endurance, it is important for an athlete to have sufficient amounts of aerobic fitness.
Schmidtbleicher (1989) defines strength endurance as the ability of the neuromuscular system to produce as large a pulse sum as possible over a specified period (maximum 2 minutes at full load) against higher loads (more than 30% of the leading force) and thereby to keep the reduction of the produced pulses as low as possible during the load. Strength endurance training means training with a high number of repetitions at low weights. Therefore, strength endurance training does not train with maximum strength but only with an intensity of about 50 percent of top performance. For strength training, it is recommended that the exercises consist of approximately three sets of 20 to 100 repetitions each. Strength endurance training increases existing muscles.
The Importance of Strength Endurance for the Endurance Athlete
Strength endurance is a measure of how many repetitions one can do with a weight at a certain percentage of their one repetition maximum. Depending on the goal, there is an ideal number of repetitions to do. Strength endurance workouts are great because they can be done anywhere and don’t require any equipment, however there is such thing as doing too much.
Examples of Strength Endurance
Strength Endurance is a crucial factor in any endurance athlete’s training regimen. Being able to maintain a high level of intensity during long workouts, while recovering quickly between sets of an exercise, is essential for any type of runner, cyclist or swimmer. Without proper strength endurance, athletes will find themselves unable to get the most out of their workouts and may even get injured.
- Doing a push-up or chin-up.
- Doing a chin-up with your feet off the floor.
- Doing five consecutive chin-ups.
Strength endurance is being able to do exercises that are not as difficult as the ones you are used to for a longer period of time without tiring out too soon.
Benefits of High Strength Endurance
You don’t have to go to a gym or buy exercise equipment to improve muscular strength and endurance. Doing normal daily activities like lifting groceries or walking up and down stairs can also help. So, whether you do endurance strength training at home with dumbbells or other expensive equipment at the gym, your body will reap the rewards of incorporating this type of exercise into your healthy lifestyle.
1. Improves Strength
Working out with weights increases the size of your muscles and gives you stronger joints. This enables your body to have more physical endurance and do better in sports, work, and daily activities. Strong muscles also help you achieve better balance and coordination. Regular endurance strength training can also keep your muscles from atrophy as you age.
2. Increases Metabolism
Through the aging process, basal metabolic rate decreases, which results in fewer calories burned while at rest. You can increase your muscle mass and raise your basal metabolic rate through endurance strength training. Increasing your metabolic rate enables you to burn more calories both at rest and during activity.
3. Improves Mental Health
Endurance strength training increases blood, oxygen, and chemicals in the brain that are beneficial in helping you to think clearly and enjoy less stress. Exercise also helps reduce stress hormones such as cortisol and helps relieve symptoms of depression. Getting regular exercise enables you to fall asleep faster, sleep better at night, and enjoy a more profound, more restful sleep quality.
4. Improves Bone Health
High-intensity resistance and impact training can improve bone density, structure, and strength, as well as with low bone mass. Significant improvements were seen in the lumbar spine and femoral neck bone mineral density and in femoral neck cortical thickness and height in women randomized to the high-intensity, supervised training compared with control participants who completed a home-based low-intensity exercise program.
Now that we know what numerous benefits strength endurance has, we learn how to get started with basic exercises and work our way up to complex movements.
How to get started towards a High Strength Endurance?
Incorporating strength training into your weekly workout or routine couldn’t be easier. You don’t need a gym or expensive weights.
• Push-ups, planks, squatting on a chair, or any other exercise that uses your body weight as resistance will do. And simple moves, with simple equipment like dumbbells, a kettlebell, or resistance bands, make for a great strength training session.
• Choose weights or resistance levels that are heavy enough to tire whatever muscles you are working on after about 12-15 repetitions. You will gradually be able to do more repetitions without tiring, and that’s the time to increase the weight or the resistance gradually.
• For most people, single sets of 12-15 reps will be enough to build muscle and are as effective as three complete sets of the same movement without weights. Remember, the goal shouldn’t be a whole hour of strength training. Shoot for 20- to 30-minute sessions, 2-3 times weekly.
Strength Endurance Exercises
Strength Endurance Exercises is a great solution for those who experience fatigue or weakness.
1. Pushup-Position Plank
The pushup-position plank helps activate your transverse abdominals, reducing spinal injury risk during other movements.
2. Kettlebell Swing
As a dynamic movement, the one- or two-handed kettlebell swing offers a unique opportunity to train speed-strength-endurance with minimal injury risk.
Every time you do a pull-up, you work on your biceps, triceps, forearms, wrists, grip strength, lats, shoulders, and core.
4. Farmer’s Walk
It’s the ideal exercise from this list to incorporate into your routine as a warmup or finisher.
5. Kettlebell Crush Curl
Kettlebell crush curls are a phenomenal exercise to recruit and fatigue fibers in your grip muscles, forearms, biceps, and more.
6. Romanian Deadlift
Develops the strength of the posterior chain muscles, including the erector spinae, gluteus maximus, hamstrings, and adductors.
Strength endurance training is one of the most underused formats of conditioning and one that can achieve multiple goals simultaneously. The prime movers are taxed first by combining the strength-based exercise with the stability-based variation. Then the stabilizers of the same area are further targeted with a slow tempo version of the same motion.