Developing your judo #7

#7: Aerobic Vs. Anaerobic Training

There are two types of energy systems that
your body uses during exercise.  Aerobic
(with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen).  While important for recovery and building a general fitness base, aerobic conditioning is not the key energy system that you need to be training for judo.
Working without oxygen or anaerobically, is
how you will win matches.  The anaerobic system can last about two minutes at about which time too much lactic acid will have built up in your muscles for you to continue. At this point, your muscles will shut down.   
That is why there are flurries of intense attacks during a match interspersed by some recuperation, i.e. no attacks.  If you were superhuman and could extend your anaerobic state up to 4 - 5 minutes, you could attack continuously throughout the match.   No one would be able to keep up.   You could attack continuously throughout the match.  In track, the limit for going all out anaerobically is about 800 metersOne way to build up your anaerobic conditioning is with interval trainingMore on how that's done in the next tip.  

By: Rainer Fischer (Canadain Olympian)


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