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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Does Putting Hands on Your Head Actually Help You Catch Your Breath?

You finished a set of sprints at the end of practice. As you gasp for air, you put your hands on your knees, because, well, you're freakin' tired. A...

By: Andy Haley

30-Minute HIIT Fat-Burning Workout

You don't need always need a treadmill, elliptical or rowing machine to burn tons of fat on your body. Take your metabolism into high gear with this 30...

By: Ben Boudro

Why Intense Workouts Make People Throw Up (And How to Prevent It)

My hockey team had just gotten blown out by a team we should've beaten. It was a terrible performance all around. Based on our coach's "speech" in ...

By: Andy Haley

Dirk Nowitzki Uses Electric Stimulation, Massages to Keep His Body Going in His 18th NBA Season

Before the Dallas Mavericks took on the Los Angeles Clippers last week, ESPN ran a taped interview with Mavs mainstay Dirk Nowitzki. In it, the 18...

By: Jordan Zirm

Get in Shape With This 15-Minute Farmer's Walk Conditioning Workout

Although the exercise likely got its name because of it similarity to a farmer carrying buckets of feed for animals, the farmers walk is an exercise...

By: Roger Lockridge

This Boxing Workout Will Get You in Shape for Your Sport

There have been many advances in fitness and sports that allow athletes to improve their conditioning but sometimes going "old school" is what it takes...

By: Roger Lockridge

Jump and Shred: Jump Rope Workouts for Conditioning and Strength

Do you want a simple, low cost, tool that will improve conditioning, stamina, footwork, and fullbody muscular endurance? Then go out and get a jump...

By: Keith Tesch

Should Athletes Run Wind Sprints for Conditioning?

I'm tired. Not because I've been running intervals all day, but because reading article after article of recycled babble making bold claims about the...

By: Scott Gunter

Olympic Heptathlete Sharon Day-Monroe Takes Aim at Rio 2016

Perhaps no one was better suited to switch from single-event to multi-event athlete than Sharon Day-Monroe. Throughout high school and college, sh...

By: Brian Sabin

Try This Killer 10-Minute Basketball Conditioning Workout

Great athletes are well-conditioned athletes. Learning how to prepare your body for the start of practice is a crucial part of having a successful...

By: Quinn McDowell