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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Why Every Athlete Needs Aerobic Training

All forms of exercise can generally be grouped into one of two categories: aerobic or anaerobic. Anaerobic forms of exercise feature short yet inte...

How Treadmills Helped West Virginia Basketball Build Their Terrorizing Press Defense

West Virginia basketball is known for suffocating defense. In recent years, the Mountaineers have utilized an aggressive press defense that sees th...

The Grueling Conditioning Drill That Helped the N.C. Courage Become the Fittest Team in Women's Pro Soccer

The North Carolina Courage are running roughshod over the National Women's Soccer League. The club currently sports a 16-point lead over second pla...

Why Traditional Cardio Sucks for Fat Loss (and What to Do Instead)

One of the biggest mistakes I see people make when it comes to training is spending too much time on traditional cardio. The human race was designe...

3 Cruel Conditioning Drills From UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic

Entering his UFC 220 battle against Francis Ngannou, Stipe Miocic was the underdog. The reigning champ—the guy who had spent the last year two ye...

Denver's Edge: How Altitude Provides Their Teams With The Greatest Home-Field Advantage in Sports

Denver. The Mile High City. Sitting exactly 5,280 feet above sea level, Denver has the highest elevation of any major U.S. city. This gives the ...

5 Gymnastics Conditioning Exercises to Improve Body Mobility

Often used by elite level gymnast, but certainly not limited to them, these gymnastics conditioning exercises for mobility are incorporated into the...

How Justin Thomas' Mobility Training Powered His Breakout PGA Tour Season

Justin Thomas' 2017 PGA Tour season has been remarkable to say the least. The 24-year-old Louisville, Kentucky native took home four first-place troph...

How Aaron Donald Dominated Two NFL Games in Five Days Despite Not Practicing All Summer

Two games in five days. It's one of the most grueling gauntlets an NFL player can endure, and ever since the induction of Thursday Night Football, ...

World Champion Rower Kendall Chase Discusses the Demands of the Sport and Why Rowing is Such a Great Workout

Rowing is one of the most physically demanding sports out there. Not only do rowers require incredible endurance, they need to be strong and powerful ...

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