Chapter 4. Physiological Adaptations to Training

  1. Ronald J. Maughan PhD
  1. Martin J. Gibala PhD and
  2. Mark Rakobowchuk MSc

Published Online: 10 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch4

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport

How to Cite

Gibala, M. J. and Rakobowchuk, M. (2008) Physiological Adaptations to Training, in Olympic Textbook of Science in Sport (ed R. J. Maughan), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444303315.ch4

Editor Information

  1. School of Sport and Exercise Sciences, Loughborough University, Loughborough, UK

Author Information

  1. Exercise Metabolism Research Group, Department of Kinesiology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 28 NOV 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405156387

Online ISBN: 9781444303315



  • physiological adaptations to training;
  • physical training - repeated performance of acute exercise;
  • training stimulus;
  • endurance training adaptations;
  • strength training adaptations;
  • adaptations to sprint training;
  • capillary density and capillary-to-fiber ratios


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The training stimulus

  • Adaptations to endurance training

  • Adaptations to strength training

  • Adaptations to sprint training

  • Conclusion

  • References