Conditioning

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.

Latest in Conditioning

Why You Should Ditch Your Treadmill for a Jacob's Ladder on Your Next Conditioning Workout

I hate the treadmill. I hate how it affects my running form. I hate trying to figure out the right speed and incline settings. I hate how long I ha...

By: Brandon Hall

A Workout That Provides the Many Benefits of Running Backwards

I've learned some of the best things from old football coaches and Backwards Running is the all time greatest! I once had shin splints and no matter...

By: Patricia Akins

4 Football Conditioning Drills That Work

One football tradition that will never die is good old fashioned team rivalries. But America's favorite sport has evolved. It is a faster, more expl...

By: Ryan Sprague

Optimize Your Conditioning Workouts With the Humon Hex Oxygen Sensor

Most workout technology has been geared to endurance and conditioning training. First came the humble stopwatch. Then heart rate monitors. And more ...

By: Andy Haley

The Cleveland Cavaliers' 2016 Playoff Run Was Powered By Brutal VersaClimber Conditioning Workouts

The Cleveland Cavaliers had a lot of downtime during their run to the 2016 NBA Finals. They swept the Detroit Pistons in the first round of the Easter...

By: Jordan Zirm

Latest Videos in Conditioning

A Day in the Life With Mets 1B Dominic Smith

Follow Mets 1B Dominic Smith from the breakfast table to the gym and then outside for some grueling hill climbs as he shows STACK what it takes to be a Major Leaguer.

How High-Intensity Training Made This CrossFit Coach a Better Athlete

Mitch Lowry, CrossFit Coach at CTown CrossFit in Cleveland, Ohio, explains how his love for athletics transformed into a healthy lifestyle and career in coaching CrossFit.

How UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic Conditions His Body For a Fight

To be prepared for each of his bouts, UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic performs an intense conditioning routine.

How a Fitness-Focused Business Owner Balances Work and Training

NOOMA organic electrolyte drink co-founder Jarred Smith shares his story of athletics. Smith explains how he built his career around fitness and how he incorporates exercise into his busy entrepreneurial schedule.

Track Your Training Progress With This High-Intensity Benchmark Workout

CrossFit Coach Scott Supler demonstrates a timed three-exercise workout you can do to check your fitness level. This benchmark workout can be done once every two months to measure your improvement.