Work capacity is something that get’s over looked by the average gym goer. Not so much athletes due to how important it is to performance for any sports that involved endurance.
What is Work Capacity?
Work capacity is basically the amount that you perform and recover from and adapt positively to improve.
This means that you can:
1. Go harder for longer
2. Avoid over training (which I covered recently. Check it out if you haven’t already https://www.rmfitness.net/post/immune-system-and-over-training )
3. What you previously found hard will be getting easier
4. You can deal with more stress and more load
There is a big focus in the fitness world now on making sure you don’t do too much, or making sure you have enough recovery time. Which makes sense. There is definitely a time and a place for this.
But there is also a time and place where you need to do more. When you need to bite down and push on.
This is certainly easier said than done, but super necessary to push your fitness to the next level.
I’m sure at some point in your training you have hit a plateau or at least you know someone who this has happened to. This is what happens when you don’t challenge your body. When you do the same reps, same sets etc and expect to keep growing and keep progressing. (I also cover this in my progress overload blog https://www.rmfitness.net/post/progressive-overload)
So how do you get past this plateau? Do more! More, more, more!
What this will do is increase the amount of training, stress and stimuli that your body can take and allow you to allow you to grow and adapt.
So the greater your work capacity, the more training stresses you can handle. This should lead to getting faster results.
If you don’t work on your work capacity, you can’t handle the same amount of stress in your training and you get slower results.
If you focus on work capacity you will be able to consistently be able to grow and improve and improve.