GCSE PE methods of training

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  • Methods of training
    • Interval training
      • Involves alternating between periods of hard exercise and rest.
      • It improves speed and muscular endurance.
    • Circuit training
      • Involves performing a series of exercises in a special order called a circuit.
      • Each activity takes place at a 'station'.
      • It can be designed to improve speed, agility, coordination, balance and muscular endurance.
    • Continuous training
      • Involves working for a sustained period of time without rest.
      • It improves cardio-vascular fitness.
    • Cross training
      • Involves using another sport or activity to improve your fitness.
      • It happens when an athlete trains in a different environment. For example a volleyball player uses the power training for that sport to help with fitness for long jump.
    • Fartlek training
      • Involves varying your speed and the type of terrain over which you run, walk, cycle or ski.
      • It improves aerobic and anaerobic fitness.
    • Weight training
      • Uses weights to provide resistance to the muscles.
      • It improves muscular strength (high weight, low reps), muscular endurance (low weight, high reps, many sets) and power (medium weight and reps performed quickly).


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