Body fat percentage and running performance

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Racing Weight Quotes by Matt Fitzgerald

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The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of anthropometric characteristics and training indices on marathon race times in recreational male marathoners. Among the parameters investigated, marathon performance time was found to be affected by mean running speed and the mean weekly distance run during the training period prior to the race and by body fat percentage. The effect of body fat percentage became significant as it exceeded a certain limiting value; for a relatively low body fat percentage, marathon performance time correlated only with training indices. The marathon race time results were valid over a range of — minutes. It is well known that for endurance sports like marathon running, characteristics such as maximal oxygen uptake VO 2max , lactate threshold, and the energy cost of running play key roles in performance. The increasing number of recreational runners participating in major running events, including the marathons held in New York, Chicago, London, and Berlin, suggested a need to develop analyses that relate race performance to variables easily detected or self-monitored, like training characteristics.

There is no perfect body weight at which to aim. Elite male runners probably have body fat percentages around 8 percent; elite women.
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Javascript is currently disabled in your browser. Several features of this site will not function whilst javascript is disabled. Received 8 March Published 28 May Volume Pages — Review by Single-blind. Results: Among the parameters investigated, marathon performance time was found to be affected by mean running speed and the mean weekly distance run during the training period prior to the race and by body fat percentage.

Log in Join now for free. Generally speaking though, sprinters have powerfully developed musculature of the upper body and of the legs, while distance runners have low body mass , with smaller muscles and extremely low body fat levels. The one outstanding anthropometric characteristic of successful competitors in all running events is a low body fat content. Most of this fat is not necessary for energy supply and is simply extra weight that has to be carried throughout the race. Our fat stores are important and the fat cells play many key roles. An excess of body fat, however, serves no useful function for the endurance athlete. It can help the sumo wrestlers, and perhaps may not even be a disadvantage for the shot putter, but not the runner.

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  1. Running has long been a popular type of exercise due to its accessibility and cardiovascular benefits.

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