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1/7/13 11:30 A

Thank you so much for your encouraging answer!
I feel a lot better now! Unfortunately, I can't use my own stairs to improve on it, because my knees are very prone to dislocation, but at least I can continue doing strength training like I did.

Have a nice day! emoticon

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,548
1/5/13 8:12 P


I think the previous poster gave a great response. I'm not familiar with your medical condition, but I can tell you that I get winded walking up a flight of stairs and I'm very active and train for marathons. I find that unless I'm training for that specific activity, even if I'm in good shape it can still be a challenge.

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1/5/13 11:15 A

I can't say anything about how it could relate to the connective tissue issue (if it does at all), but I can share some experience in endurance: I find it to be incredibly activity-specific. I've done a bike tour, cycling 5+ hours a day, and even then I would find a steep stair climb tough. So it could partially be that while your endurance for one or two activities or types of intensity is improving, it doesn't improve equally across all activities and intensities. I can be in shape to run for an hour, but put me on a stairmaster for 8 minutes and I'm ready to give you my firstborn to get off the torture device. If I want to get better at stairs, I have to do stairs.

I can also say that I've had shoddy endurance all my life as well (I'm built for short bursts of big energy, it would appear, and not for marathons), and the only times in my life I have noticed a significant change in my endurance have been when I have been training quite heavily as part of my work in performance, for instance. We're talking a couple hours a day at least, and a significant amount of time each day sweating very hard.

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1/5/13 6:55 A

Hi, I have a question about endurance.
The last 4 months I've exercised something like 3-4 hours a week, divided in 3 strength training days and 3-4 cardio workouts. And daily I bike and walk with my dogs, 3 to 4 miles.
I'm doing something right, because I lose weight and my muscles are developing more and more and I'm getting stronger.
However, I'm not sure if I build enough endurance.A month ago I climbed high and very steep stairs and I had a difficult time with this. My leg muscles were exhausted and I was out of breath and generally felt as if I hadn't exercised at all. emoticon

A couple of decades ago I was daily on my bike for at least an hour (and at a fast rate) and I went to an event with doctors, trainers and psysiotherapists and they measured every aspect of fitness. So heart rate, body fat, endurance and a lot of other things. Here they measured my endurance with a bike test and I had no endurance at all.None. Also, my heart was very slow to recover to a normal heart rate pace. emoticon

I do have a medical condition, it's a connective tissue disorder (Ehlers-Danlos), but since it's quite rare, I haven't found doctors who know a lot about it and the possible effects on endurance.
So, I'm at a loss with how to proceed. Anyone here who can help me figuring out what to do?

Thanks and have a wonderful day!

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