Sequencing of endurance and high-velocity strength training

Can J Sport Sci. 1988 Dec;13(4):214-9.


To compare two sequences of endurance (E) and high-velocity resistance (HVR) training, sixteen male oarsmen were separated into Group ES which trained endurance prior to strength and Group SE which trained strength prior to endurance. The endurance program consisted of up to 60 min a session, five days a week for five weeks. HVR exercise was conducted on 12 stations of variable resistance hydraulic equipment, four sessions per week for five weeks. Endurance training significantly improved VO2max and submaximal heart rate and blood lactate responses in both groups regardless of the sequence followed. HVR training improved VO2max in group SE only and had no effect on submaximal response to exercise. Peak torque increases for knee extension and flexion with HVR training were greater in group SE than group ES. These results show that organizing strength and endurance training into sequential programs can influence the physiological adaptation to training.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Heart Rate
  • Humans
  • Knee / physiology
  • Lactates / blood
  • Male
  • Muscle Contraction
  • Muscles / physiology*
  • Oxygen Consumption
  • Physical Education and Training / methods*
  • Physical Endurance*
  • Sports*
  • Time Factors


  • Lactates