What is Conditioning Training? – Highly Beneficial!

Hey, how are you doing today? Welcome to another Full Affect Fitness article! Today’s definition article is going to be all about the question, what is conditioning training? Now I know many of you may think conditioning is simply cardio, a form of exercise that increases your ability to perform movement for a longer duration of time.

While this is true, I like to think of conditioning in a different way, one that is much more beneficial to overall performance in most cases. What do I mean by this? Continue reading the article to find out!

What is The Term Conditioning?

I think of conditioning as a form of cardiovascular training, however, it being one that encompasses some sort of strength training aspect to it. Or in other words, a style of training meant to improve your cardiovascular capability, while simultaneously challenging your muscles to produce force in the form of resistance training.

Let’s put this concept into an example. I am sure if you have been training for some length of time, you understand or have heard of HIIT training. An example of conditioning would be HIIT under load. You could take a resistance training exercise such as the kettlebell swing, which is very demanding on your cardiovascular system as well as a movement that challenges the force production of your muscles. You could then perform it in a HIIT training style. This would combine both cardiovascular work and force production. Let’s take a look at why conditioning training is beneficial in the next section of this article!

Conditioning Relative to Our Training:

How does conditioning relate to and benefit our training? Like basically everything to do with our training and nutrition, it depends on our goals. For example, if your goal is to build pure strength, conditioning style training likely isn’t where you should be focusing your time. However, if your goal is to build muscular endurance, conditioning basically is the training!

Why wouldn’t conditioning training be super relative to strength training? Simply put, your time can be better put to use elsewhere. However, if you wanted to incorporate some cardio work into your strength training for general health or to aid in weight loss, conditioning may be your best bet so you are still getting some strength benefits of the cardio.

Why would the goal of muscular endurance be perfect for conditioning training? Muscular endurance involves the ability of your muscles to produce force for a prolonged period of time. If we can combine cardiovascular training in with strength training, we can develop both our ability to perform exercise for a long period of time, while working on the force production aspect. The only thing left to answer, how do we implement this style of training?

Implementing Conditioning Training:

Now that we know what conditioning is, and the benefits it has, let’s talk about how we can implement it! As you may have already guessed, we first need to know our goal! I could write a whole article on applying conditioning to each different goal, so let’s simplify it!

The more your goal revolves around lifting heavy weights and gaining strength, the less conditioning you will likely be doing. The more your goal goes towards light/no loads and endurance training, the more likely you are to use conditioning.

This is not a set in stone rule and you certainly need to take your personal circumstances into account! For example, someone trying to gain or maintain strength while in a caloric deficit may want to use conditioning to help create a caloric deficit, while still keeping the training relative to the goal of strength. Just the same as someone who is training for long-distance running may want to use conditioning training for its cardiovascular benefit, with the strength aspect of it helping to keep their strength up. However, the bulk of their training may still be long-distance runs and such. Always keep individual circumstances in mind!

The Gist on Conditioning Training:

Well, there you have it folks! Conditioning training in a nutshell! You now know that conditioning is a form of cardio that challenges the force production of your muscles. There are many benefits of conditioning training, namely the simultaneous cardiovascular and strength benefits. Lastly, when deciding to apply conditioning training, always look at your goals first!

This article should give you the information needed to learn all about conditioning training, let me know if you have any questions! I thank you so much for taking the time to read this article and as always, if you have any questions or comments please do not hesitate to leave them below and I will be sure to reply!

Here are some other articles that may be beneficial for your knowledge!

Training For Goals!

Pros and Cons of HIIT Training!


Until Next Time,

Kohl Johnson

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Kohl Johnson

I am a 16-year-old fitness fanatic! I have learned nothing but quality training and nutrition information from the utmost well-respected individuals in the field. Now, my only focus is to share this knowledge with you for your benefit, in the most honest way possible. We are all in this together! LET'S GO!

6 Responses

  1. I never knew what conditioning training is. Thanks for providing the information in this article. It was very informative and I think I am going to look into doing this for myself. Do you have any tips I should know before starting out since I would be brand new at this?

    • Hi there, I am so glad you found the article beneficial! I would certainly start slow, consider using bodyweight first before using weights. Make sure you are monitoring how your body feels during the exercise, and how you are recovering after the exercise. Do not do anything that seems like it may increase your risk for injury! Best of luck with training!

  2. Hi Kohl, and thanks for a great article; I’ve taken time to go through almost all of your since I came across your blog few days ago. I was blown away by the thoroughness of this article. And more importantly it was super fun to read. I wouldn’t have known that description of conditional training has a name, or perhaps it’s benefits. Thanks again for the insight.


    • Hi Jordan, I appreciate your support very much! I am so glad you found the article beneficial, keep checking back as I post new content regularly throughout the week!

  3. A very good and thorough article about conditioning training. As a 17 years “veteran” of power, speed, and conditional training, I would say you explained it well! Among power and strength training, conditional training and most other forms of cardio training are sometimes heavily underrated. As a 115kg guy, I couldn’t even imagine how hard my daily life would be if I wouldn’t be training also sort of conditional and/or endurance and cardio. When your muscles can maintain a higher level of oxygen, your strength and power capacity can be used AND improved much easier. Also, our nervous system improves better and faster when the cardiovascular condition is better and it leads to easier and faster development of strength and power. No matter if its endurance strength, explosive strength, maximum strength, speed-strength or functional strength, all of them improve much easier when you have good conditional training routines and exercises on your weekly and/or daily schedule. However, thanks for the good article and have a nice day! I will take a further look at your website and other articles.

    • Hi Jesse, sounds like you have quite a lot of knowledge on training! Thanks so much for checking out the article and I look forward to seeing you back in the future!

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