29 Jul '15, 12pm

Can an overload week in training jumpstart a performance increase?

Can an overload week in training jumpstart a performance increase?

Maybe not. David Costill, who has a doctorate in physical education and physiology, has studied elite runners and swimmers for almost 50 years at Ball State University's Human Performance Laboratory and pioneered research on the effect of doubling swimmers' training loads for short periods of time. The results showed no improvement for the extra-high-mileage group. "This is true for runners, too," Costill says. "You have an upper limit to how far you can adapt. Once you get to a level where your cardiovascular fitness is optimized, you can do all the work you want, but you're not going to improve upon it. I would say the idea that it will supercompensate is bogus."

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