Hi all, I'm loving the continued replies. Always good to get a good debate. Regarding strength training, no, I am not talking about size. When doing leg work, I've been do either very low reps (3-5) or, since reading this thread, very high reps (30-50). None of the size building 8-10 range; I don't want that. Hopefully I am on the right track to develop forceful strength and avoid size with that combination.
So, with that in mind, I think "it depends" on #2 is right. Building strength would not become counterproductive assuming you can do it in a way that doesn't increase bulk too much. I hope I am on a path to achieving this. (This is something I strive for with my whole body - I want high functional strength, and have no intention of developing big guns).
As such, CTKook, yes, I have been doing some CrossFit type workouts with kettlebells, oly lifts, other moves of that type. I like it. I also take fish oil.
Originally Posted by Paul Jones
A lot of the people who train at my gym are also runners. They use this type of training for endurance training, there by reducing the pounding of long slow distance. They do still run, but they use high intensity training with lots of variety to stress the cv. We have rowers and other athletes too.
Today was run 200m then 15 burpees - times 10. It was tough. Kicked my ass!
Yikes!! I do like that idea though. Those intense bursts were a type of cardio training I didn't really get before (ie getting my heart rate up near max). I've been doing 5 sets of 15-20 burpees lately when I don't have time for a proper run, and I'm on the lookout for other high-intensity moves I can work in there.
Regarding my question about pro-level skiers, I know I will never be one, but it's still interesting to see what they do. I obviously wouldn't be able to mimic their workouts exactly, but some of the moves might be good to emulate.
Speaking of which, check out Jonny Mosseley agility workout for moguls. I don't have a way to set something exactly like this up, but it sure is cool! (both videos from mogulskiing.org):
I also really like the glute and core stability moves here (toward the end), for Patrick Deneen. I am already a big fan of planks, and adding the leg moves while keeping a solid center seems like a good add-on.