Consequences of Combining Strength and Endurance Training Regimens

A common belief among many clinicians and trainers is that intensive simultaneous training for muscle strength and cardiovascular endurance is counterproductive. To test this premise, 14 healthy, untrained men trained four days per week for 20 weeks on a bicycle ergometer for endurance (END Group, n = 4), on an isokinetic device for increased torque production (ITP Group, n = 5), or on both devices (COMBO Group, n = 5) The ITP and COMBO groups had equal torque gains throughout the study (234+/-45 and 232+/-23 Nm, respectively). After 11 weeks, both END and COMBO groups had similar gains in maximal oxygen consumption (VO2 max)...[more]