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