Storied coach Jack Daniels once said, “The best way to become a better runner is through running.” This concept, that the best training to improve yourself in something is to do that thing in training, is called “training specificity” and is supported by science.
So why practice the trombone if you’re a tuba player (I’m a musician, remember)? Maybe your tuba is in the shop getting fixed so the only instrument around is the trombone. Maybe you’re so sick of the tuba, but you don’t mind the trombone and know some training, albeit not ideal for tuba-playing, is better than nothing. Maybe every time you play the tuba more than four days a week your arm gets sore, but by switching between the tuba and the trombone you can play every day. The trombone and the tuba both require lung capacity and air speed control, so while training on a trombone for tuba excellence isn’t ideal in theory, it may be ideal for you.
Similarly, what might be the ideal running training plan on paper, might not be what is ideal for you. Should you work aerobic cross-training into your training even when you’re not injured?
Read more >>