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!
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