Written by : Pete Lopez
When it comes to the term "conditioning", many people immediately associate it with cardiovascular exercise. While it's true that cardio can contribute to improved conditioning, the concept of conditioning goes beyond just one type of exercise.
At its core, conditioning refers to the body's ability to effectively and efficiently utilize its energy stores. Think of it like a currency - the more "conditioned" you are, the more energy you have to spend. This energy is divided into three broad categories: biological functions, training and stress, and recovery and adaptations.
Biological functions are the body's most vital processes, such as organ function and tissue repair. This category takes priority when it comes to energy expenditure. Similarly, in our daily lives, our basic needs like food and water are typically prioritized.
Training and stress refer to the energy we expend during exercise or other physically and mentally demanding tasks. In order to perform at a high level, we need to expend energy to fuel our brainpower and physical movements. However, if our energy is being used up by uncontrollable stress, we may have less to spend on training and other activities.
Lastly, recovery and adaptations refer to the body's ability to recover from stress and adapt to new stimuli. This category is important for building strength, endurance, and overall fitness. However, the body can only expend so much energy in a day, so it must prioritize other categories first.
Improving our conditioning means improving our ability to efficiently fill all three of these buckets. Conditioning can teach us balance, consistency, flexibility, endurance, technical skill, strategy, resiliency against aging, and enhanced coordination.
At its core, conditioning is about preparing our bodies and brains for the stress of daily life. That's why it's important to incorporate conditioning into our fitness routines. However, many people fear that too much conditioning will make them lose muscle and strength. In reality, an inclusion of conditioning can actually improve strength training when done properly. The aerobic system plays a critical role in parasympathetic function, which in turn improves recovery time, endurance, and decreases inflammation.
Utilizing a periodized conditioning program that rotates every four weeks, we want to help you develop your body and brain to be better prepared for the stress of daily life. By understanding the four stages of conditioning improvements, the addition of conditioning days will improve your strength workouts throughout the week. We can help you achieve your goals.
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