Strength vs. Endurance

Just in case you ever have to take your partner and dumbbell somewhere in a hurry…


I am working on a full post on Strength vs. Endurance but I just happened accross a great article from Mark Ripettoe on the subject. Below are a few excerpts, if you don’t know Ripp he is from texas so read a drawl into the article and it will be that much better…

“A bunch of “cardio” or “met-con” absolutely guts your strength progress, while getting stronger improves your work capacity all by itself. There’s time to do your conditioning work later – you’re not going to die immediately, and if you do, nobody will talk about your shitty 5-mile time. The very programs that should be preparing young guys to be more useful are instead making them very good at running away, and that’s about all.

The development of mechanized transport has made the forced-march contingency rare enough that no modern battle has been lost because of a unit-wide endurance deficiency, while many an ass has been kicked because the possessor of that ass was not strong enough.

Policemen the world over rely on cars these days, and it’s helpful to be strong enough to deal with a bad guy at the end of the occasional foot-chase, unless you were just going to shoot him anyway.

Firefighters die on the job from heart attacks far more frequently than from any other cause, and there’s no better way to have a heart attack than to lack sufficient strength to complete a physical task that would have been easier and over with sooner if you were stronger.

I’ve worked with a rather large number of military units, policemen, firemen, and other people who have physically demanding jobs. Many hundreds of these people have taken our seminar for the express purpose of learning more about getting stronger. Several articles written by active-duty military guys with combat experience are posted on my website, each with a very active discussion thread.

The unanimous view of all these people is that their strength has a pivotal bearing on their ability to function in the toughest situations they encounter, and that endurance plays a much smaller, if not insignificant, role in any modern shitstorm.”






So I just got my hands on a copy of Victory Belt’s latest offering Power Speed ENDURANCE by Brian Mackenzie and Glen Cordoza. While I am not a huge fan of endurance training as a road to health and longevity, I do recognize that some people love the sport and, if they are going to play, this book should become their bible. In typical Victory Belt fashion the book painstakingly explains every detail of every movement and the common faults. I would have never thought I would learn much about swimming from a book but I found that chapter to be intriguing and informative. Also the Mobility chapter with Kelly Starrett is second to none.

Whether you are new to the sport and planning your first sprint distance tri or a seasoned veteran looking for some tips, this is the book for you.



Mobility WOD


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