Effective CV training - Running V's Swimming

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Effective CV training - Running V's Swimming

Postby u828576 » Feb 20, 2005 07:04

Effective CV training - Running V's Swimming

Discipline : Muay Thai
Type of Training : Cardiovascular
Assumption : Trunk, Hip flexor and adductor, dead lift, good morning strength good

Will running combined with squats or hindu squats be a better combination for
enhanced CV

as opposed to

swimming with squats or hindu squats

Swimming will no doubt provide less impact than running, but will this regime restrict competition activities?

Secondly: If a beginner was to start training, would they be better off swimming until strength is developed in the trunk, lower back, adductors etc reducing stress on knees/ groin etc... then moving onto cv through running?
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Postby mmeloon » Feb 20, 2005 23:47

Cardiovascular training is activity specific so if your interest in improving CV health is for your Muay Thai, then you need to choose an aerobic activity that is closely related to that.

I can't answer your second question. Well, I *could* but my response probably wouldn't be worth a hill of beans...

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Re: Effective CV training - Running V's Swimming

Postby Thomas Kurz » Mar 05, 2005 20:54

u828576 wrote:Effective CV training - Running V's Swimming

Discipline: Muay Thai
Type of Training: Cardiovascular
Assumption: Trunk, Hip flexor and adductor, dead lift, good morning strength good

Will running combined with squats or hindu squats be a better combination for enhanced CV

as opposed to

swimming with squats or hindu squats

Swimming will no doubt provide less impact than running, but will this regime restrict competition activities?


Running develops aerobic endurance faster and to a higher level than swimming. One has to have good swimming technique to get similar benefit to that of running for the same time. This is explained in Dr. Maffetone's book “Training for Endurance” (see The Athlete's Bookshelf at http://www.stadion.com/bookshelf.html ).

It is best to do both running and swimming as both have their upsides and downsides. See “Science of Sports Training” on how (and when) to make these general fitness activities “sport-specific” in training your boxers.

u828576 wrote:Secondly: If a beginner was to start training, would they be better off swimming until strength is developed in the trunk, lower back, adductors etc reducing stress on knees/ groin etc... then moving onto cv through running?


Someone so frail, that running is too stressful for him or her, will need really long time to get ready for Muy Thai. Be reasonable: Running is a natural human movement. If it is too much for a beginner then you are either dealing with a convalescent (long work ahead but may be worth it) or a sloth who needs pushing (waste of time).
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