The fact is, training effects are specific to the type of exercise used during the training. Or to put it another way, running may increase aerobic fitness measured during running, but aerobic fitness measured during swimming, even after significant running training, would remain unchanged unless you practiced swimming.

Why? It’s because the training effects occur specifically in the muscles being activated. This concept of muscle specificity is one reason why athletes or recreational sportspeople should match, as closely as possible, the activities that relate to how the muscles are primarily used in play.

In short, if you want to improve your endurance for your specific sport, you need to match your training to that of the sport. And that’s the truth.

So if you’re unsure of the type of training that will benefit your sporting endeavours, talk to one of our highly qualified trainers next time you’re in.