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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Get in Shape for Your Season With This 12-Week Conditioning Plan

To compete with the best, you have to be in the absolute best shape. Increased conditioning levels will help the athlete maintain a high level of play...

2 Brutal Basketball Conditioning Drills to Get in Shape Fast

To be in shape for games, basketball players must condition themselves for long-lasting endurance. (See Three Ways to Get in Basketball Shape.) This...

Why You Should Embrace 'The Burn' When Working Out

For a long time lactic acid was bad news. Many people still see it this way, and rightfully so. But since its discovery in the early 19th century, what...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

Why You're Doing Mountain Climbers Wrong and How to Fix Them

The mountain climber exercise - where you're in a push-up postion and you're moving your legs in and out in an alterntaing fashion - is very popular...

Sport-Specific Warm-Up for Rock Climbers

Rock climbing is a unique total body activity that utilizes human anatomy, unlike any other sport. It is a total body workout that involves insanely...

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