Does anybody do any conditioning in addition to their weight workouts? Sprints, complexes, energy systems stuff etc.....There is tons of stuff one can do. What I was wondering is how do you guys integrate that into your workout weeks? Would one workout with weights then do conditioning later in the day?
I'm just looking for some feedback from anyone who conditions and has ideas.
Shorts sprints in the early am or late pm 3 days per week can be effective for increasing your explosiveness. Some low volume plyos prior to lower body work may not count as conditioning but is also widely used by athletes to increase explosive power as well (CNS activation as a warm up for main workouts.)
I will be starting to add some in two to three times a week. I have a log in the training logs section. I'm gonna try and have a mix of sprinting, and all types of conditioning from sledgehammer swings, sled pulls, carrys, etc.
Interval sprinting on the track (spring 100 walk 100, or any distance) has always worked for me when it comes to both stamina and speed. Stadium steps, Shuttle sprints, various cone agility drills. A combination of those usually works for me.
Squats, deadlifts, and power cleans helped me the most. Once I got much stronger I got much faster. With stronger legs your sprinting/running movement efficiency will improve and so will your endurance.
x 2 on getting stronger overall. If you honestly want to put yourself in the best position and give yourself the best base to become faster/more explosive, get stronger. Someone a 200 lb guy with a 300 lb squat vs a 200 lb guy with a 500 lb squat probably won't be as fast or explosive because he just isn't as strong relative to his weight. This has helped me vastly with my speed/explosive power overall.
Just curious, what's your training like and what do you consider to be short sprints? Do you do a 5x50m type of sprint or 5x100m IT type of sprint? What is the rest of your training like?
The reason I ask is because I've never seen you post anything resembling what YOU actually do. I see only short sentences alluding to you working out, but never anything of substance. Or, point me to a previous thread where you specified how you train or what you're training is like.
Invictica, I used to train for football, but three knee surgeries have somewhat hindered my ability to play and now I have decided not to play due to just general health considerations. I am although deciding whether or not I want to get into powerlifting, olympic lifting, or strongman and am using this summer (the first without commitment to football) to see where my new passion is.
Ah okay. I was only asking because I compete in Olympic Lifting and we don't do any conditioning. Your time is better spent tuning your lifts if you do get into that sport since the technical nuiances of the classical lifts bear much more importance over your aerobic capacity.
For general fitness I imagine sprints, kettlebell circuits, and barbell complexes would be a fine addition to improve conditioning.