Train harder for better results

Body is an amazing machine. It can adapt to a variety of stimuli, effectively getting stronger, faster, bigger, and more conditioned depending on how it’s trained. Much of this adaptation, however, depends on the efficiency with which your body produces and uses energy, namely adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is a high-energy molecule which powers nearly everything you do, including exercise. There are three energy systems that produce ATP. Your body uses these energy systems to generate more ATP for different training types, intensities, and lengths. These are the phosphocreatine, glycolitic, and oxidative system. The phosphocreatine system is utilized during high-powered activity of short duration. The glycolytic system is utilized when the phosphocreatine system runs out. As the name suggests, the glycolytic system utilizes stored glycogen to create ATP. This system engages during moderate-intensity activity of moderate duration. The aerobic, or oxidative, system is slower to provide energy, but its supply is almost limitless. We use our oxidative system for low-intensity, long-duration activity.

Part of being a good athlete is being able to do more work for a longer duration. In order for the body to become a more-efficient machine, we have to train it. That’s where these energy systems come into play. The stronger and more powerful your aerobic and glycolytic systems are, the more work you’ll be able to do, the longer you’ll be able to do it, and the quicker you’ll be able to recover.