CrossFit Axis Sets Pace for Endurance Athletes

The foundation for Julianne's professional career as an endurance athlete started with Elite Athletic Development.

Elite Athletic Development to offer endurance athlete classes Monday – Friday at 6 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at CrossFit Axis, 43 South Dunton Avenue.

It’s the time of year when athletically-minded area residents take to the roads and water to train for their favorite endurance event. Endurance athletes spend countless hours pounding pavement, spinning wheels or logging laps in pursuit of their fastest half-marathon or conquering their first triathlon, all while loved ones tread water at home. But Arlington Heights-based Elite Athletic Development (EAD) has introduced a revolutionary, less time-intensive way to train for endurance events. EAD’s location at 43 South Dunton is the only CrossFit affiliate in the Midwest focused on the unique and specific training needs of endurance athletes of all levels. 

“The key to our endurance training philosophy is intensity, not duration. Hours and hours of long, slow distance training is abusive to the body, and counter-productive to event preparation,” said Jim Inman, EAD owner and head performance coach, Inman is a 27-year endurance sports veteran and multiple-time IronMan finisher. “No other CrossFit affiliate in the Midwest—and quite possibly the country— has EAD’s coaching credentials and expertise, race experience and a location dedicated to helping novice to professional endurance athletes achieve record-breaking performance.”

The cornerstone of EAD’s endurance program is high-intensity interval training, which research supports as the most effective and productive training methodology available. The training also employs skills development, anaerobic endurance strength and conditioning, nutrition and recovery. According to Inman, almost every athlete can benefit by perfecting posture, tempo and mechanics. Inman is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and holds certifications from USA Cycling, USA Triathlon, USA Weightlifting and CrossFit.

A traditional workout for a triathlete —a 100-mile bike ride and a 10-mile run—may take the athlete away from home for more than six hours. In comparison, an EAD endurance athlete workout lasts less than 90 minutes and may include 20 minutes swinging a kettle bell, flipping a giant tire, or jumping on and off boxes, and then running 10-200m hill sprints or swimming 10-50m sprints wearing a T-shirt or 10-1/4-mile hill sprints, each with an “all out” effort.

“You need to train fast to be fast. Plodding through every workout just to log distance will not get you to where you want to be; in fact, long, slow distance training is more likely to put you on the sideline than crossing the finish line,” said Inman. “Our athletes have achieved tremendous success with our training.”

Elite Athletic Development, Daily Herald 2009, 2010 & 2011 Readers’ Choice for Best Alternative Exercise Studio, is the home to CrossFit Arlington Heights, Elite Forces Fitness Boot Camp and provides customized one-on-one and small group certified personal training and nutrition consulting to adults, and student and endurance athletes.

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