Concurrent training is the inclusion of both resistance and endurance training within the same training program. For example, if you are a runner who repeats the pattern of running 6-7 days a week while also weight training 2-3 days/week; you are training concurrently. While this type of training is advantageous for improving body composition compared to endurance or weight training alone; concurrent training does not produce as great of an increase in muscle mass or strength as weight training alone.
Sorry, but this blog is so obvious as to elicit a “Dahhh!!” Response. What is missing is any real dialogue on the subject. For instance. Twenty years ago I was a marathoner. The prevalent knowledge-advice at the time was that weight training would add unwanted weight and unneeded muscle. I thought this was hokum and did concurrent training anyway. The result was a 10th place overall finish (3rd in my age category) in one of the nation’s “slowest marathons.”
Fast forward to today, and my sister and I are Highland Games Masters competitors. We are mocked regularly for our endurance trainings. “I throw stuff so that I don’t have to run!” Is the common response to our admission that we weight train AND run/bike. Several months ago my sister stood on the podium at the Masters World Championships in Iceland and had the bronze medal hung around her neck as a testimonial to the concept of total body conditioning for ANY sport that we endorse (in ’18 she will take hold, and likely break a world record or two – she is close now).
Could we both be bigger if we only weight trained? Yes. Could we be faster if we only endurance trained perhaps. Would we be world class athletes if we did only one? Doubtful.