A conversation piece that comes up often, more often than you would expect.  In fact speaking to some athletes that have been training for years now still to this day confuse the two. To my our surprise non the less, we would anticipate folks who have recently just made the jump into the health and fitness arena not the difference but the more and we've notice that is not the case.   So to clear up any confusion starting today and moving forward let's understand the true meaning behind aerobic and anaerobic workouts.

What is a(n) aerobic workout?  This is a variation of sustained exercises such as: jogging, rowing, biking, swimming, weightlifting, that stimulate the heart and lungs increasing the body's overall use of oxygen flow.   For example you row 5000m row all long while keeping a steady pace at 1:42, or your going for your daily run on your favorite trail to build up for an upcoming 50K staying at a steady pace the whole run.  Each workout stated above unique in it's own way that athlete may be getting a solid training session, breathing heavily, blood flowing, however this would be labeled an a aerobic session.

What is a(n) anaerobic workout? This is described as a high intensity  training session; powered primarily by metabolic pathways, and do not use oxygen.  These pathways actually produce a lactic acid which result in a metabolic acidosis. If we lost you than be sure to pay close attention. Now let's the athlete above that was doing that 5000m row decided they still wanted to row but at a higher intensity to break that lactic acid threshold we mentioned.  They could perform the following workouts:  While using a timer-row 250m the time it takes you to row 250m rest, repeat 6x. Row 30 seconds rest 30 seconds repeat 8x.  Another burner would be to row 20 secs rest 10 sec repeat 10x.  Now the athletes performing these workouts will want to perform at a max effort for each round almost to the point of failure.  Take the trail run we mentioned above, the athlete may or may not want to switch up his or her routine and do hill sprints one day.  Sound premise as the row find a hill and go max effort 30 secs on 30 secs rest repeat 8x.  Or 20 secs on 10 sec rest repeat 10x go at max effort.  

Now that we have gone over the basic terminology for aerobic and anaerobic workouts we are hopeful that you will take our advice.   By combining anaerobic training into your weekly routine you can be sure to see improvement with your endurance,  staminia, and overall performance.  The only thing left to do now is go crush a workout, until next time.