The Difference Between Aerobic and Anaerobic Training for Sports


Aerobic and anaerobic, they might have similar sounding names, but both types of training vary vastly. Aerobic training is considered to be a ‘moderate-intensity training’, on the other hand anaerobic training is a ‘high-intensity training’. But what is the difference between a moderate- and high-intensity training?

When doing aerobic training, you should be working hard, but not hard enough that you’ll find yourself out of breathe. You should be able to talk to a friend or trainer while doing aerobic exercises such as, jogging or biking. If you want to work on increasing your stamina, aerobic training is what you’ll want to try. Aerobic training also comes hand in hand with health benefits such as it strengthen your heart and lungs, helps reduce the risk of diabetes, burns fat, calories and glycogen (stored glucose), and it also boosts your mood.

Oppositely, with anaerobic training, you’re pushing yourself to the limit. It’s an intense form of exercises that will have your heart beating fast and your lungs bursting for air. Anaerobic exercises like sprinting and weightlifting, are types of intense forms of training. When doing any kind of anaerobic training, your body is going to burn a lot of calories in a small amount of time. Not only that, but you’ll also experience an ‘after burn’ or ‘oxygen debt’ meaning that your body will continue to burn calories for up to two hours after you’ve completed exercising.

If you find that you’ve over exerted yourself by doing any form of training, be sure to speak to an orthopedic specialist. Putting of a doctor’s visit can lead to an injury or strain becoming worse and may require treatment by New Jersey orthopedic surgeons. Contact Advanced Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Institute to make an appointment.