[ noun ] the power to withstand hardship or stress
"the marathon tests a runner's endurance"
Used in print(Bonnie Prudden, "The Dancer and the Gymnast"...)
But the Russians use gymnastics as the first_step in training for all other sports because it provides training in every basic quality except one , endurance .
The addition of endurance training later , when the body is mature enough to benefit from it without danger of injury , provides that final quality that makes the top athlete , soldier or citizen .
This is n't surprising when we consider that over 29 percent of the 11 - year old boys in America cannot chin themselves once , and that English school_girls outdo them in almost every test ( even dashes and endurance ) .