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Static apnea and endurance

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MikeSt

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Hello, im new to static apnea and id like to ask a question. I just started training and i find it challenging and fun. I started using the co2 tables based on my max hold (2:40) and trying to improve. The question is "will static apnea mess with my aerobic and anaerobic endurance?
 

Nathan Vinski

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Hello, im new to static apnea and id like to ask a question. I just started training and i find it challenging and fun. I started using the co2 tables based on my max hold (2:40) and trying to improve. The question is "will static apnea mess with my aerobic and anaerobic endurance?

Thats a really complicated (yet simple) questions.

First it depends on your current aerobic / anaerobic endurance. If these are at the elite level, any apnea training will likely take away from them.. Just like rock-climbing or serious jui-jitsu would take away from endurance training.

If you're apnea training is 'casual', then probably not.

In theory: Apnea training is 'bad' for aerobic fitness (opposite demands) but 'good' for anaerobic fitness (similar low O2 demands)..

Again, it's all relative..

If you're in 'ok' endurance shape (what ever that means), apnea won't really affect it at all (good or bad) in my opinion.

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It depends a lot on the seriousness of the two..

When I'm in peak freediving shape, everything else suffers.. Why? Becuase I'm focusing on apnea, and neglecting non-apnea. In the 'off-season' I build back my general fitness and my apnea suffers..

The the simple, complicated answer is.. If you take apnea really serious, it will mess with your endurance. If you do it casually and improve just for fun as a side thing.. it wont.
 

MikeSt

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Thats a really complicated (yet simple) questions.

First it depends on your current aerobic / anaerobic endurance. If these are at the elite level, any apnea training will likely take away from them.. Just like rock-climbing or serious jui-jitsu would take away from endurance training.

If you're apnea training is 'casual', then probably not.

In theory: Apnea training is 'bad' for aerobic fitness (opposite demands) but 'good' for anaerobic fitness (similar low O2 demands)..

Again, it's all relative..

If you're in 'ok' endurance shape (what ever that means), apnea won't really affect it at all (good or bad) in my opinion.

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It depends a lot on the seriousness of the two..

When I'm in peak freediving shape, everything else suffers.. Why? Becuase I'm focusing on apnea, and neglecting non-apnea. In the 'off-season' I build back my general fitness and my apnea suffers..

The the simple, complicated answer is.. If you take apnea really serious, it will mess with your endurance. If you do it casually and improve just for fun as a side thing.. it wont.

Thank you very much for your reply.

My aerobic endurance is really good. Currently i am trying to work with my anaerobic endurance and i do some apnea training along but not seriously.
 

Robwynge

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Thank you very much for your reply.

My aerobic endurance is really good. Currently i am trying to work with my anaerobic endurance and i do some apnea training along but not seriously.


There is an old thread in which some freedivers noticed dramatic improvements in their cardiovascular endurance when they combined breath holding and bhastrika pranayama. The legendary Eric Fattah has some comments in it.


 
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