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 With a Heavy-Bag Workout

The heavy bag, a mainstay in boxing and MMA circles, is a tremendous piece of training equipment. Formerly reserved for boxers or MMA fighters, they h...

The Best Basketball Conditioning Drills

There is a huge difference from being 'in shape' and being 'in basketball shape'. A simple treadmill run, bike ride, or swim will not prepare the body...

LeBron James's Insane Conditioning Drill

We all know LeBron James is a freak of nature. The 6-foot-8, 250-pounder can run like a gazelle, and his body fat percentage was probably somewher...

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...

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...

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 explos...

Off-Season Strength and Conditioning Soccer Workout Plan

The game of soccer is incredibly demanding. You must be able to sprint, explode to the ball and change direction—and maintain these skills for a lon...

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...

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