Conditioning

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.

Latest in Conditioning

Use High-Intensity Continuous Training to Improve Power and Endurance

Recently, this High Intensity Continuous Training article inspired me to learn and perform this protocol. Mike Robertson is a leader in our field for...

By: Samuel Feldman

How You Can Build Muscle With Cardio Workouts

Bigger, stronger, faster – the universal desire of coaches and athletes. The Phase Potentiation model delivers on all three goals. It is implemented by...

By: Jake Tuura

How to Do Burpees to Build Endurance and Strength

A Burpee is a bodyweight exercise that combines a Push-Up with a Squat Jump to produce a move that challenges your mind as well as your muscles. Do...

By: Andy Haley

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...

By: Matt Grimm

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...

By: Mike Meister

Latest Videos in Conditioning

A Day in the Life With Mets 1B Dominic Smith

Follow Mets 1B Dominic Smith from the breakfast table to the gym and then outside for some grueling hill climbs as he shows STACK what it takes to be a Major Leaguer.

How High-Intensity Training Made This CrossFit Coach a Better Athlete

Mitch Lowry, CrossFit Coach at CTown CrossFit in Cleveland, Ohio, explains how his love for athletics transformed into a healthy lifestyle and career in coaching CrossFit.

How UFC Heavyweight Champ Stipe Miocic Conditions His Body For a Fight

To be prepared for each of his bouts, UFC Heavyweight Champion Stipe Miocic performs an intense conditioning routine.

How a Fitness-Focused Business Owner Balances Work and Training

NOOMA organic electrolyte drink co-founder Jarred Smith shares his story of athletics. Smith explains how he built his career around fitness and how he incorporates exercise into his busy entrepreneurial schedule.

Track Your Training Progress With This High-Intensity Benchmark Workout

CrossFit Coach Scott Supler demonstrates a timed three-exercise workout you can do to check your fitness level. This benchmark workout can be done once every two months to measure your improvement.