Conditioning Training

Depending on what your fitness goals are, i.e get bigger, leaner, stronger or faster, you would approach conditioning in a slightly different way.

cristian-baron-27345The concept of conditioning stems from the scientific approach to the physical training of professional athletes, who would have their training programmed in specific phases.

Pro athletes would typically have periods of specific focus for their training, for instance, the off-season wouldn’t mean- no training, but rather active rest during which time training is mostly used as a form of therapy or to address smaller issues in order to prevent future injuries.

The Pre-season phase is when athletes would start training in ways that would prepare them for competition and increasingly simulate the conditions which they would experience during competition. For instance they might need to develop the ability to keep running at full pace to catch one more pass, or to out sprint a defender, or to kick up to one more gear on the last lap of the race, even if they have already spent all their energy already, just trying to stay in the game. Conditioning, therefore, has the specific goal of preparing the athlete for the competition. Of course, in-season, athletes would be training in the same way, but with the extra consideration of competition days, that would mean that training sessions may be shorter or less often, but never any less intense. Continue reading “Conditioning Training”

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Resistance is not Futile.

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They say the Chuck Norris doesn’t do Push-ups instead, he pushes the earth down.

This is not actually possible of course, but it is a nice intro for my first post in 2017  under the topic of bodyweight training. A topic that I will focus on throughout the month of March.

You see, I think it is a fair assumption on my part that anybody who trains for the purpose of improving their health, physical appearance and general well being are using some form of resistance training, because resistance training is the only natural way to change the shape, size, strength and endurance of your muscles. Simply put when a certain movement is made more difficult to do as a result of some kind of resistance that acts directly opposite to the direction of the movement and is repeated up to the point where the movement can’t be completed without having to rest, resistance training is achieved.

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Don’t let life pass you by.(video)

Having goals in life is important. In striving to reach your goals you practice a few skills that you need to have mastered to get through all the challenges in your life. You have to make smart choices, sacrifice some things. You forego lots little joys that, were it not for your inner drive to achieve that goal, you would be indulging. Not overdoing it of course, but what exactly is wrong with laying in a little more, a little bit of sugar in your one-a-day cup of coffee or as I discovered break away from precious workout time to enjoy a magical moment with my 2-year-old son.

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An App-reciation​ for fitness.

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Smartphones have taken over our lives. The distraction factor of having the world of social media and google and games and photos and Whats App and…see what I mean. Despite all these distractions, my smartphone has really become an enriching part of my life through the use of apps. Specifically fitness apps. A good fitness app truly is like having a dedicated trainer in your back pocket, ready to put you through your paces at a moment’s notice, at any time of day, anywhere you are.

I’ve been using a few, but I’m sure there are many more out there and even more still to be developed, so I here are my thoughts on the best mobile fitness apps for Andriod or IOS on the market right now. Continue reading “An App-reciation​ for fitness.”

HIIT it as hard as you can.(Video)

When it comes to doing a home workout effectively, the only measure to go by is the amount of work that gets done. The term work is used to describe “moving a weight over a distance” and the SI unit of work is joule (J), which is defined as the amount of work required to move an object over a distance. This measure of work- Joule, can be converted to Calories. As we all know, Calories being the well-known measure of the energy we get from food, as well as the energy expended in the workouts we do as well as our daily activities, it’s therefore directly related to the amount of work completed during our workouts. Continue reading “HIIT it as hard as you can.(Video)”