VO2 Max Podcast

Episode 3: The Zone 3 Trap vs. Polarized Training

April 14, 2020 Ryan Eckert, MS, CSCS
VO2 Max Podcast
Episode 3: The Zone 3 Trap vs. Polarized Training
Show Notes

Show Notes:

In this episode, I discuss what is commonly referred to as the "zone 3 trap" in which endurance athletes perform the majority of their training volume at a moderately challenging but somewhat sustainable intensity level. This type of approach to training is very common, but doesn't yield long-term improvements and may increase the likelihood of injury, illness, and burnout. Polarized training, on the other hand, is spending the majority of one's training volume at a very low intensity and a very small percentage of one's time at a very high intensity. This general approach to training has a lot of research to back it up, particularly the research done by Dr. Stephen Seiler, and is likely the most effective approach to training for endurance athletes looking to maximize long-term improvements in fitness while reducing the likelihood of injury, illness, and burnout due to chronic accumulation of training stress.

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Dr. Stephen Seiler discussing polarized training on TedTalk: https://youtu.be/MALsI0mJ09I
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