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So What is Exercise Intensity?

“The body conforms and adapts to the intensities and directions it is habitually subjected to.”— Wolfe’s Law

In triathlon and other endurance sports, training intensity – or how hard the effort is – is typically described by terms such as aerobic, sub-threshold, lactate threshold, VO2 and recovery. Training at different levels of intensity stimulates different training responses in the body. Training at higher intensities (typically performed as intervals) is an effective tool to maximize training time so that your training becomes more specific to your goal event while minimizing the risk of overtraining, burnout and injury.

The following video will help you better understand intensity while discussing four different ways to measure your intensity.

Video: Understanding Exercise Intensity

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Why Do We Care About a Warm Up and Cool Down?

Although often overlooked or skipped for lack of time, warming up and cooling down are extremely important before and after every work out to reduce likelihood of injury while facilitating post workout recovery. Krista Schultz, MEd, CSCS explains.

Video 1: Why and How to Properly Warm Up Before Exercise

Krista Schultz, MEd, CSCS explains the importance of warm up at the beginning of your exercise routine and gives examples.

Video 2: Importance of Cool Down After Exercise

Krista Schultz, MEd, CSCS explains the importance of cool down at the end of your exercise routine and gives examples of cool downs.

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