First of all, what is anaerobic threshold (AT)? Anaerobic threshold, also called “lactate threshold,” is the level of intensity an individual can sustain before sending the anaerobic system into overdrive.
Sitting here and reading this blog right now is being aerobic because you’re oxygen intake is enough to meet the demands of what you are doing. If you get up and start moving, your AT will be reached at the point during exercise when your body must switch from aerobic to anaerobic metabolism. This is an essential and significant measure in deciding exercise intensity.

Your body creates energy by burning carbs and fats during aerobic exercise. Most of our daily activities are fueled by aerobic metabolism. When exercise intensity is greatly increased, anaerobic metabolism kicks in because the aerobic system can’t keep up with the body’s energy demands.
During anaerobic metabolism, the body is burning stored sugars and producing lactic acid faster than it can be metabolized. The fitter you are, the longer you can fuel your body with aerobic activities before the anaerobic system takes over resulting in your slowing down or stopping all together.

Additionally, the more anaerobically trained you are, the longer your body can sustain high level anaerobic exercise before reaching your AT.

The most effective way to raise your AT is to implement high intensity interval workouts. These workouts can be done with bodyweight or any variety of weight training apparatuses. The best results are obtained from varying your workout between aerobic work (focus on duration) and higher-intensity intervals (just under your Maximum Heart Rate). The largest percentage of your training should be devoted to anaerobic work. When switching from exercise to exercise, if you have caught your breath and are comfortable, you have waited too long. You need to get going on the next exercise!

According to some experts, your training plan should consist of different endurance kinds of training sessions. For example: (1) interval training sessions, (2) AT level long distance endurance training sessions, and (3) long, less intensive long distance endurance sessions. The combination, frequency, and timing of these workouts will vary based on what you, as an individual, are trying to accomplish or compete for.

Finally, when dealing in endurance-related activities, anaerobic threshold is the most important determinant of success. The main goal of endurance training should be the improvement of this parameter. By doing this, you increase pace, and thus, decrease overall race time. It is important to keep in mind that in addition to training status, the factors that need to be considered for each exerciser are age, gender, body mass, goals and training time availability. Training to enhance your anaerobic threshold will add excitement to your workout while increasing your caloric expenditure, which will also enhance weight loss and weight management.

To learn more about increasing your anaerobic threshold, and setting up a program specifically designed for you call Dustin Carnish at DC Strength Ohio, LLC: 440-773-6498 and Ript Fitness @ 216-816-1348.