If you want to build endurance and stamina, you should probably just go run or bike for a really, really long time, right? If you’re training for a marathon, triathlon, or century ride, that’s part of it, sure, but there’s more to the equation.
To stay strong longer out on a race course (or just in your regular workout life!) two factors come into play: VO2 max and lactate threshold. Workouts like CrossFit WODs, performed at high intensity (better known as HIIT or High Intensity Interval Training) help boost both in a short but tough session. That might explain why your Instagram feed is packed with images of sweaty shirtless people collapsed on the floor next to barbells.
To really kick your endurance up a notch, the following workouts should be performed keeping the following factors in mind:
*Aim for little to no rest between sets or rounds
*Use a weight that is 50-70% of your 1 rep max for a given exercise