“We’ve come to see increased work capacity as the holy grail of performance improvement and all other common metrics like VO2 max, lactate threshold, body composition, and even strength and flexibility as being correlates – derivatives, even. We’d not trade improvements in any other fitness metric for a decrease in work capacity.”
Increasing the ability to do more work quickly speeds up the process towards any goal regardless of what it is. This idea parallels the concept of it is about the journey not the end. The work to be good at something is what makes someone good at it not talent or wanting to be good alone. The training and practice are key variables in any pursuit. Working to have more capacity, even in contradictory skill sets, will lend itself for the when the unknown and unknowable happen, because it is not about if, but when. It is very much about being prepared.
At the point that training to improve a weakness creates another weakness, a compromise has been made, and work capacity drops. Balanced training will and can increase evenly across all modal domain, often times helping each other in the process.
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