This form of training is often called LSD (Long Slow Distance). It involves working for a prolonged period of time at a steady stress level. The intensity of the work is just below the point at which an oxygen debt would develop. This is at the training threshold rate.
At the start of the programme, an individual may work for only 20 or 30 minutes.
However, over a number of sessions, the time spent would increase, although the workload would probably remain the same.
The LSD method is suitable for long-distance swimmers, runners and cyclists as it develops stamina rather than speed. It usually means working at 60-90% VO2 max for an hour.
The advantages of continuous training are that it:
- requires very little equipment
- is good for aerobic fitness
- is often easy to do
- can be boring
- does not improve sprinting so not ideal for games.