Someone made a comment on the T-Nation fb page yesterday in relation to a recent conditioning article. Basically he’s saying - well, I’ll quote him -
"It is simply conditioning the body and mind to the demands of the desired goal from a cardiova-pulmonary strengthening standpoint. It is a type of specificity training, actually.
Training for a marathon is “conditioning”. You are conditioning the body for the endurance demands of 26.2 miles.
Battle Ropes or Hill Sprints for the purpose of fat loss is conditioning the body to force an adaptation over and over again to burn insane calories by getting the heart rate through the roof over and over again.
Football drills condition players, depending on the demands of their position, to physically - from a cardiovascular, muscular strength and power standpoint - tap potential for the athletic responsibilities of the sport.
This is so obvious. However, it’s something I’ve completely overlooked when trying to figure out what to include in my WOD’s.
Before we can decide what form our conditioning training should take we first need to decide what our goals are.
- To develop fitness that’ll let me train safer, harder, longer, better in my chosen primary skills of gymnastics and oly lifting.
- To work ALL movements, muscles, energy systems (all fitness attributes) regularly to keep me aging well - I don’t want weaknesses developing.
- I love climbing mountains to watch sunrise/sunset, so to be able to hike say 14k with 1000m ascent carrying a 10 - 15kg pack.
- To be sure footed on very rough mountain terrain (whilst attached to two crazed, lunging hounds).
- To be able to run fast paced intervals along the beach for around 40 mins with my two dogs - that’s how THEY like to condition themselves!
- To maintain fat levels of around 18% (to help with the gymnastics).
- To correct a number of muscle imbalances that have developed over the years.
This makes my task easier. Now I’ve just got to figure out what types of training give me the most bang for my buck, what percentage of each type I need, and then how to work it into WODs that, over time, will cover all the bases and get me to where I want to be. Easy … right???