Endurance Training Secrets

Dr Mel Siff critiques an endurance training article who are allegedly quoting Russian research to support their views – go Mel!zdorovye.com/zdorovye/slavyanskiy.html

This is an extract from that site:

<The Russian Spetsnaz trainers to prepare their operatives for ultra-distance

physical extremes is the arcane endurance running technology called

?Slavyanskiy Byeg?and the total health system: ?Zdorovye?.

In ?Slavyanskiy Byeg? you will learn to coordinate your Carriage and Gait –

which is the process of integrating movement, alignment, and breathing. You

will learn how to virtually run indefinitely – without discomfort and expending

minimal energy. This running methodic teaches you how to wind your body like a

rubber band driven air-plane, using the ligaments and tendons in your body as

your engine, instead of using your large muscles. This is the most amazing

fitness technology ever to be released! >

*While I fully appreciate a great deal of former soviet strength and sports

training as a result of visiting Russia on a few occasions and collaborating

with some of the scientists from that country, I have always been intrigued

why Russian endurance athletes very rarely have matched the achievement of

endurance athletes from Africa, especially those from Kenya. Their dominance

of endurance running has also been a matter of great interest for some

Russian scientists who have been studying these African endurance masters to

ascertain why the Africans generally are far superior to most Russian

endurance runners, but the reasons for their excellence still remain a matter

of a great deal of speculation.

The remarkable endurance of the Khoi and San (?Bushmen?) peoples in extremely

hot desert conditions with no access to exercise science, special foods or

energy replacement fluids is another case of African folk being remarkably

competent. Herein also lies another fascinating lesson that still has to be

dissected adequately.

While many of the Russian methods of training can be very productive and

effective, would this not seem to indicate that we should be turning to

Africa to learn the greatest secrets of endurance athleticism? Would anyone

like to suggest reasons for why African endurance athletes are currently so

dominant? What secrets could they teach the Russians and indeed, the rest of


Is it due to a state of body, a state of mind, genetics, environment,

national outlook or what? This issue has been the topic of an increasing

amount of research and some popular articles and books have been written on

this subject, but none really has taken us much beyond the theories of

genetic superiority or environmental influences.