As many of you know, I am a group fitness instructor, but I also love to lift heavy. Once upon a time I took ballet and my director is asking me to brush up on my ballet skills. My problem is that I lack muscular endurance in my upper body. Does anyone have any suggestions to build that up while still getting my lifting in? Thanks!
Good answers. Interesting. I am an advocate of elastic resistance for upper body strength conditioning. Extension, flexion, abduction, adduction, don’t forget internal and external rotation. The elasticity of the resistance band allows you to keep moving, even though it is against resistance. I had a coach when I was nordic ski racing who emphasized fluidity. Keep moving smooth.
Applying the principles of endurance training for the upper body is no different than it is for the lower body. But adding endurance training to a program and not being careful with total workout volume or recovery will result in poor productivity. And the balance between strength and endurance is a sliding scale where it is very difficult to be effective in both areas. A very good sprinter is not going to be a very good distance athlete and vice versa. As one becomes more efficient at one end of the spectrum, the other end will lose efficiency. And training for both requires more time between either to be productive. This is just a scratch on the surface of these concepts. Anyone looking to discuss it further can get in touch with me through my profile or website www.hawaiifitnessacademy.com .