Get Uncomfortable To Get Stronger: Aerobic vs. Anaerobic Exercise

We’ve all heard the terms "aerobic" and "anaerobic" used in the context of fitness, but not everyone understands the difference. Indoor cycling (including your daily dose of JOY!) as well as running, swimming, and other group fitness classes are all examples of exercises that incorporate both aerobic and anaerobic training.


Aerobic exercise is performed at a low to high intensity and stimulates the heart and breathing rate to increase in a way that can be sustained for moderate to long durations of time. One of the main benefits of an aerobic workout include building strength in your heart.

Anaerobic exercise is performed at a very high intensity, or at one’s maximum level of exertion and cannot be sustained for long periods of time. This form of training is used by athletes in non-endurance sports to help gain  strength, speed and power. One of the main benefits of an anaerobic workout include building strength in muscles other than your heart.

During anaerobic exercise your body builds up lactic acid, which causes fatigue at sustained levels. For this reason, anaerobic exercise or high-intensity exercise happens in short bursts. Using running as an example, picture the difference between a sprinter (anaerobic) and a marathoner (aerobic). Sprinting requires an all-out effort that is sustained for a comparatively short period while running a marathon is a sustained effort.

Result-driven athletes and fitness enthusiasts often use intervals and aerobic exercises with some added bursts of anaerobic exercise to improve overall athletic stamina. At JoyRide, our interval and endurance drills do just that!

At the end of the day, whether you are looking to improve your body, heart or mind -- JoyRide offers conditioning for all three!

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