a greater relative intensity of a now-higher maximal aerobic power

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Kross

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Korean
Hello, all

From my biology book. The whole paragraph describes what muscular adaptations can happen after aerobic endurance exercise. The sentence in question goes like, more impressively, after training, an athlete can exercise at a greater relative intensity of a now-higher maximal aerobic power. I don’t fully understand what the bolded part means, from at to power. I know every word of it. But I am having a hard time putting them together. Thank you for your interest and input.
 
  • Egmont

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    English - U.S.
    Two things happen during aerobic training for endurance.

    1. The athlete's maximum aerobic power goes up.

    2. The percentage of that maximum power than the athlete can use during exercise also goes up.

    The athlete's improvement in aerobic performance is the product of these two increases. If each one increases by 10 percent, the athlete's aerobic performance increases by 21 percent (because 1.1 x 1.1 = 1.21).
     
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