Exercise of the Week: Conditioning Gauntlet

November 10, 2010

The Conditioning Gauntlet is an end-of-practice conditioning drill that's appropriate for almost every sport. The goal is to completely tax your energy systems to condition your body. That way you'll be prepared—and able—to give your max effort in the final minutes of a game.

To spice up this classic drill, Denny Locascio, of Sports + Field training facility in Tampa, Florida, has Justin Upton, Arizona Diamondbacks RF, perform the Gauntlet with a Lateral Shuffle, Backward Sprint and Carioca—in addition to the Forward Sprint. The four change-of-direction variations work on Upton’s agility and speed in different planes of motion.

  • Line up six cones five yards apart
  • Starting at cone 1, shuffle to cone 2; plant and sprint back to cone 1
  • Repeat to each cone
  • Repeat Gauntlet using Carioca-to-Sprint, Backpedal-to-Sprint and Sprint-to-Sprint patterns

Reps/Sets: 1x4 with 2 min. rest

Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Andy Haley
- Andy Haley is the Performance Director at STACK. A certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), he received his bachelor’s degree in exercise science from Miami...
Must See
Antonio Brown Juggles 3 Footballs
Views: 1,203,239
Patrick Willis' Homegrown Off-Season Workout
Views: 1,225,585
Margus Hunt Benches 385 Pounds for Five Reps
Views: 20,297,638

Featured Videos

A Day in the Life of NBA D-League Star Seth Curry Views: 66,647
Kevin Love's Cone Hop Basketball Shooting Drill Views: 5,931
Eastbay Path to the Pros Episode 2: Laying the Groundwork Views: 124,090
Load More


STACK Fitness

Everything you need to be fitter than ever

STACK Conditioning

Sport-specific conditioning programs

Coaches and Trainers

Tips and advice for coaches and trainers


Latest issues of STACK Magazine


Women's sports workout, nutrition and lifestyle advice


Gaming, entertainment and tech news

Basic Training

Military-style training for athletes


Find the latest news relevant to athletes

Most Popular Videos

Perfect Dwyane Wade's Signature Euro Step
Views: 1,308,506
What Ryan Hall Eats for Breakfast
Views: 795,206
STACK Fitness Weekly: How To Do a Muscle-Up
Views: 778,488
Greg Nixon's Hill Training Program
Views: 705,633
Roy Hibbert 540 lbs Deadlift
Views: 1,559,831

Load More
More Cool Stuff You'll Like

Get in Game Shape With 4 Conditioning Combos

4 Killer Conditioning Workouts. Ask 10 different people what makes up a good conditioning "exercises", and you're liable to get 10 different answers....

High-Intensity Interval Training: How Much Is Too Much?

LaTroy Hawkins' Epic Battle Ropes Workout

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Fartlek Run

STACK Challenge: The 10/10 Treadmill Challenge

Who Invented the Burpee?

Alternatives to Boring Cardio Training

The Mount Everest Treadmill Challenge

Training Secrets of UFC Champion Johny Hendricks

How Much Conditioning Do You Really Need?

5 NBA Players Who Found Their Game After Losing Weight

Can You Survive the

Can You Pass Drew Brees' Conditioning Test?

4 HIIT Workouts That Will Get You in Shape Fast

Obstacle Race Training: Get in Shape With This Finisher

STACK Challenge: Finish Strong

Get in Shape With This Basketball Conditioning Workout

Off-Season Conditioning: Full-Body Med Ball Workout

7 Footwork Drills That Give You an Advantage

Win the Fourth Quarter With These Basketball Sled Push Finishers

Improve Your Aerobic Fitness in the Off-Season

WATCH: Ronda Rousey's Intense New Bag Drill

Get in Football Shape Fast With Metabolic Runs

Adeline Gray Is Going for Gold

In Defense of Cardio

A Slo-Mo Must-See: Ike Taylor's 4-Man Battle Rope Squats

Can You Handle the Husker Toughness Test?

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: Interval Sprints

ZSeries 10-Minute Workouts: The Hill

How to Avoid Hockey Conditioning That Slows You Down

Baseball Conditioning: Why You Need an Aerobic Base

Understanding the Benefits and Risks of Altitude Training

Get in Basketball Shape With the Right Workout

In-Season Baseball Pitcher Workout Program

How Sporting Kansas City Stays 'Sporting Fit'

LeBron James's Insane Conditioning Drill

Get in Shape With 5 Intense Lower-Body Finishers

4 Simple Drills to Improve Your Endurance

Test Your Toughness With the Who Dat? Challenge

Training with the Elevation Training Mask 2.0

Advanced High School Football Summer Conditioning Program

STACK Challenge: 500-Meter Row

5 Brutal Sprint Drills That Push the Lactic Threshold