Seldom is aerobic exercise associated with muscle hypertrophy, yet aerobic training alters protein metabolism and induces muscular growth. We readily see this when endurance trained athletes are compared to sedentary individuals as they display larger muscle fibers.
Training aerobic exercises enhances slow-twitch muscle fiber power increasing force production. It is important to note that it also preserves fast-twitch fiber power by increasing contractile fiber speed through different contractile mechanisms (strength vs. speed) and improves mitochondrial function. The mitochondria are the “powerhouses” of the cell and convert nutrients into chemical energy to meet demand.
The energy systems defined as ATP-PC, Lactic Acid, Aerobic provide energy to the body for performance. Each system must be targeted specifically in training depending on which sport the athlete is involved in, it is also important to remember they are all intertwined in our complicated biological system and do not work independently from one another or function in isolation.
If you are an athlete involved in an explosive sport adding aerobic training to your workout regime is not a negative in regards to fitness. The aerobic system provides ATP, which supplies energy to fuel most of the body’s functions such as; heart health, tissue repair, digestion of food, improving the immune system, lower blood pressure, control of body temperature, hair growth, mood and more.
When ‘stuck’ at home distance running added to the limited activities you can do to improve in your sport is a positive in Getting Strong.