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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This Surprisingly Fun Form of Exercise Burns Just as Many Calories As Running

Not many people like running. It can be dull. It can be exhausting. The pounding it puts on your body can lead to overuse injuries. But it's...

Fartlek Training: Benefits, Methods and Sample Programs

What is fartlek training, and why is it such a great way to condition for athletes? Fartlek is a Swedish word meaning "speed play," and that's essenti...

The Ideal Way to Shed Fat Without Losing Muscle

A multitude of strength and conditioning programs have been devised throughout the years that each promise to deliver serious and uncompromising...

How to Create an Effective Team Conditioning Program

You've heard it, seen it, and probably experienced it: coaches whose primary barometer of quality is how tired they made their athletes. Teams run with...

3 Gronk-Approved Rowing Workouts

Football is a game of strength, speed and power. But without conditioning, you wouldn't be able to recover between plays and would quickly lose th...

Why Jadeveon Clowney is Participating in Special Teams Work During Training Camp

Jadeveon Clowney, the first overall pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, has had a rough career to date. Plagued by injuries, the Houston Texans defensive end ...

Eddie Lacy's Off-Season Weight Loss Is Already Paying Off

Green Bay Packers running back Eddie Lacy had a rough time last season. It was the first time in his three-year NFL career when he didn't gain over 1...

Just How Overweight is Josh Gordon? No One Seems to Know

When Josh Gordon came jogging out of the tunnel for his first NFL practice in nearly 20 months, something looked different. He didn't quite loo...

How to Prepare Your Body for Hot Weather Training

The school year is rapidly approaching, and so too is the start of football. Before you put the shoulder pads on, it's time to put down the electronics,...

Improve Your Conditioning With This Heavy Bag Workout

A heavy bag workout doesn't have to be reserved to just boxers and martial artists. Athletes in all sports can benefit from taking the gloves to the...

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