Let me start by giving you my definition of conditioning. It is when your heart rate is jacked, your lungs are on fire, your legs are burning and you are wishing to be any other place but here.  These types of workouts can go from as little as 5 minutes up to 15-20 minutes, easy is never part of the equation when it comes to conditioning work.

Conditioning work is often thought of as the main priority in fitness plans, it shouldn’t be.  Strength should always be your main focus. Besides, the stronger you are the better you will become when you add in your conditioning work to your routine.

Tools Of The Trade

You have some choices when it comes to conditioning tools.  If you have accumulated some injuries I would suggest sticking to a stationary bike or sled.  You don’t need more than 2 sessions a week to see progress.  Keep your approach straightforward, 20-60 seconds on a hard effort and take a break.  

  • Stationary bike
  • Sled
  • Track
  • Hills
  • Bleachers
  • Kettlebells

Spring is right around the corner. This is the time when most people start thinking they need to take off a few pounds to get ready for summer.  Besides eating right, conditioning work offers you a great way to ready yourself for summer.  

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