Does anaerobic training increase lactate threshold?
To improve lactate threshold, coaches should focus on bringing stress and crisis to their athletes by training them in a variety of ways, such as anaerobic workouts below lactate threshold, and uphill tempo runs above threshold. This will help the athlete's cells become more efficient at buffering and producing enzymes to deal with lactate.
Transcript: "So, one of the most important things to understand with training is that all types of training improve you, okay, improve you as an athlete, okay. So, obviously, the biggest factor in improving as a distance runner is the aerobic component, okay. But there's a lot of layers of the aerobic component. And dealing with lactate, buffering lactate, your muscles, being able to deal with it, your cells is huge, okay. And so, an aerobic component is huge to you increasing your lactate threshold, okay. So threshold is not just about avoiding being right under where your 4mm jump up is, okay, and training tons in that, okay. Obviously, that is a real efficient place to train. But you need to be able to deal with buffering and lactate in between cells. So you want to train a little bit below lactate threshold, okay, at lactate threshold and below lactate threshold into that anaerobic area because you become more efficient at buffering, at producing enzymes that deal with lactate. You know, one of my favorite workouts for increasing lactate threshold is an uphill tempo run above threshold, okay. So dealing with lactate, okay. It's continuous. It's dealing with lactate. Your cells have to become more pliable. So every pace and everything factors in to increasing your lactate threshold. And you know, really, how do you improve lactate threshold? Stress, okay. Bring in stress and crisis. You know, as a coach, you need to know the components and where you're most efficient and aim your athletes to what they haven't maybe done to improve them."