Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Team Terra Fit Challenge 3

On top of what you are doing, we’re going to now add another strength challenge as well as introduce LSD Training into your workout week.

“LSD” or “Long Slow Distance” can also be known as steady state training. This is great for a number of reasons: One of those reasons is that it will help with the efficiency in burning fat. Often doing long walks, runs, swims, bikes at 60-70% of your maximum effort for a long duration (1+hours) you are in an aerobic state, which means you are mainly burning fat for energy. Over time, doing these work outs, you will get more efficient in the aerobic energy break down process (fuel for the body). Another reason is that it will increase the capillary density in the muscles. Capillaries are small “net like” areas in the body where the oxygen-rich blood and oxygen-depleted blood are exchanged. When you develop more capillaries you become more efficient in getting fuel to the muscles and getting rid of the waste – improving your endurance levels. You will also increase both your artery and vein diameter, allowing for more blood to pump through the body, resulting in more energy getting to the muscles faster – again making your body more efficient at getting rid of any byproducts. AND you will also increase the mitochondrial density in your cells. Mitochondria are responsible for the breakdown of sugars, which gives you energy. More mitochondria will help you go faster and again, more endurance.

Challenge 3


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