Conditioning Articles

Conditioning is a form of training that enhances stamina and endurance, which are crucial for maintaining strong athletic performance throughout a practice, game or training session. Conditioning develops the body's ability to meet the energy demands of various sports, both anaerobic and aerobic. Anaerobic activity uses stored energy to power short bursts of intense activity—such as sprinting, jumping or lifting weights—that last approximately 30 to 60 seconds. Aerobic activity uses oxygen to provide sustained performance for longer periods of time, for sports like cross country. Athletes should undergo conditioning tests and participate in conditioning workouts that mimic their sport. Learn how to boost your conditioning with workouts, exercises and drills from today's top experts and elite athletes.

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How to Spot a Bad Conditioning Drill

"Whatever you do in the weight room, make sure our players show up conditioned on game day." Any physical preparation coach working in a team setti...

Steady State Cardio vs. High Intensity Interval Training: Which One's Best For Getting in Shape?

A major fitness-related goal is to improve the function and capacity of your energy systems. People often utilize cardio workouts in an effort to a...

Mike Boyle's Conditioning Rule for Athletes

With an endless parade of practices and games, many modern young athletes have no issue staying in "game shape." What they often miss out on are op...

3 Cruel Conditioning Drills From UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic

Stipe Miocic is once again the baddest man on the planet. The 37-year-old from Cleveland, Ohio reclaimed the UFC Heavyweight Title after an impress...

Does Lactic Acid Really Make You Sore?

We've all experienced it: the ache that "hurts so good" on that last set of Squats or that spreads throughout your muscles on the final sprint to the ...

Why You Don't Need as Much Conditioning as You Think

Conditioning is important. But do you need to focus on conditioning as much as many coaches would lead you to believe? Short answer: No, you don't....

Are Burpees Really the World's Worst Exercise?

I'm a big believer in context. I think it's important to really look into something before writing it off. This extends to movement: I believe we shou...

Get in Shape With a Heavy-Bag Workout

The heavy bag, a mainstay in boxing and MMA circles, is a tremendous piece of training equipment. Formerly reserved for boxers or MMA fighters, they h...

The Best Basketball Conditioning Drills

There is a huge difference from being 'in shape' and being 'in basketball shape'. A simple treadmill run, bike ride, or swim will not prepare the body...

LeBron James's Insane Conditioning Drill

We all know LeBron James is a freak of nature. The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder can run like a gazelle, and his body fat percentage was probably somewher...

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