Training Articles - Conditioning
- Enjoy Keeping Fit
Being health conscious and physically fit are important parts of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It is also equally important to make sure that you follow certain safety guidelines and procedures.
- Train, Prepare and Conquer
Joseph has spent years building up his endurance and mastering the art of hiking, from small day treks to half a month Himalayan expeditions. He has done it all in the past 10 years and today he can proudly say he has witnessed the glory and fierceness of Mother Nature like many people have never seen. Today, many close friends and acquaintances ask him for advice on how to hike. His answer always remains the same - train, prepare and conquer.
- Three important parts when performing any exercise
Johan Hansson explains why it is important, when performing any exercise, to ensure you prevent injury, work the correct muscles and have a proper diet.
- How to Achieve a Flat Stomach
Many people who set their sights on a flat stomach or perfect abdominal muscles (abs) often immediately head to the gym and set out to do as many crunches as they can. However, what a lot of people do not know is that in recent years dieticians and scientists alike have discovered that a flat or defined stomach can only be created with the right combination of diet and exercise.
- Treadmill Workout Tips
Emily Brathen provides eight tips to help you achieve a more productive treadmill workout.
- What's next for Tony Bellew at Heavyweight
Aiden McGrath considers the future of boxer Tony Bellew as a heavyweight.
- Jump To It
Ted Raymond looks at a way of maintaining your health through an amazing sports activity - Jumping.
- Benefits of Running
If today an offer was placed on the table and you had to choose between going to the gym and going out for a jog, 90% of you would prefer hitting the gym. However, do you know that running/jogging has greater benefits to the body than you can imagine?
- Training to be a Wrestler
Proper body conditioning is essential to be a successful wrestler. Most wrestling moves require flexibility and muscle strength. If you achieve a good level of physical fitness, you will be able to handle your opponents better during a wrestling match. Below are some aspects of physical fitness that wrestlers observe when building their bodies.
- Staying Healthy
Jenny Richards looks at the benefits of maintaining personal health records and some tips on how to stay healthy.
- Go Wild in the Country
Dr. Matt long provides an insight into the benefits of cross country running.
- How to Train with a Friend
One of the best decisions you can make after deciding to start training is choosing a partner to train with. Many studies have shown that working out with a partner or a group ensures that you will work harder and longer than you would if you were doing it alone.
- The Evidence for Increasing Cycling Endurance with Supplements
Whether you are professional athlete or a weekend warrior, as a distance cyclist you will no doubt be interested in ways to maximise your endurance. While there are steps you can take towards this through modifying your dietary intake to ensure you have the optimal balance of carbohydrates and protein, adequate fluid on board and a rich supply of performance enhancing micronutrients, there is a lot of interest around the role that various supplements can play in promoting cycling endurance.
- Yoga misconceptions
Yoga has been practiced for many centuries. It is a traditional Eastern practice that offers numerous health benefits regardless of age and fitness level. Yoga is a particular exercise system that includes a number of subtle postures and stretching poses to strengthen most of the body parts. Many people are under many misconceptions about the conventional yoga practice. They like the graceful poses but hesitate to participate in Yoga because of the wide spread false impressions about the practice.
- Essential Components of Exercising
To receive the maximum benefits from your workout regimen you need to focus on your breathing and posture.
- The Basics and Benefits of Pilates
Pilates focuses on strength building, controlled breathing, flexibility and meditation. The key is to control the muscles and mind together. Nowadays, pilates has become one of the most widely practiced exercise systems globally.
- Staying fit by cycling to work
Choosing which method of transport to travel to and from work can be difficult in a country where the weather is notoriously unpredictable. The only thing worse than being stuck in traffic on a blazing hot summer's day is cycling through the wind and rain during a blustery autumn morning. So why cycle to work?
- Benefits of a Multi-Planar Movement Exercise Program
When developing fitness and conditioning programs for both athletes and everyday recreational exercisers, traditional training protocols have often focused upon splitting the body into distinct 'parts' and exercising muscle groups separately and independently of each other in order to achieve results. Yet as our knowledge of the human body has continued to evolve, a much newer way of thinking looks at addressing the body as a whole, training the body for better movement and mobility - thereby ensuring a stronger and more resilient body.
- Accessories & Training Comfort
For the most part, athletic training is all about technique and dedication. However, in many cases, your comfort and success also depends at least somewhat on your equipment. Here are a few tips and examples of equipment and accessories that can be greatly beneficial to your training.
- 4 Exercise tricks to beat the winter darkness
From about November until the second Sunday in March, we have to combat the gloom we face in the evening after work. Ron Fritzke provides advice on how to exercise now we have the dark winter nights.
- 10 Core Stability Exercise Workouts
The "Alfa Romeo" Workout
The "Aston Martin" Workout
The "Audi" Workout
The "Bentley" Workout
The "BMW" Workout
The "Buick" Workout
The "Lotus" Workout
The "Mercedes Benz" Workout
The "McLaren" Workout
The "Morgan" Workout
- Modern Stretching for Football
Anyone involved in soccer knows that flexibility is one of the primary components of fitness. We all know you should stretch before and after practices and games. But old methods still might permeate so it is time to move forward. Ten years from now there will be a whole new set of new understandings and training methodologies to work from. That being said, many principles seem to have staying power.
- How does stretching affect an athletes performance?
Stretching has been thought to prevent injury and improve athletic performance. Unfortunately, what most people do not know is that isolated stretching immediately before exercise may impair a person's strength and power and has no effect on injury prevention.
- Interval Training - HIIT or Miss?
The Work to Rest method uses a set time interval for the work period and a set time interval for the rest period. Ratios are determined, and the athlete or client rests for generally one, two or three times the length of the work interval before repeating the next bout.
- A solid mix of Satisfaction and Routine
From past experience, I have noticed extremely better fitness results from learning to love what it is that you do. For some people, this could mean simple written/routine free-weight exercises, starting with chest and ending the week with arms. For others, it is about hopping on that bike and/or treadmill and running 5 miles a day. So how can you get fit and enjoy the experience?
- What is an appropriate medicine ball training exercise program?
Rob Thickpenny provides an overview of a program of medicine ball strength and conditioning exercises for all track and field event groups in the general and specific phases of training.
- Cross-Training: Is it an effective alternative for runners?
Many athletes and trainers have wondered if there is a significant difference, when training for competition, between running and cross-training. If the athlete or trainer implements cross-training, will the athlete regress, maintain, or improve from their present level of fitness?
- Pilates Training
John Dana provides an overview of the types of pilates exercises and the benefits of Pilates.
- Here is how to develop the physical
condition of your team
An explanation of the components of fitness and how to develop your level of agility
- How to maintain flexible
A number of exercises to help you improve the condition of your lower back
- These gentle exercises can help
strengthen your most vulnerable parts
Exercises to strengthen the gluteal and hamstring muscles which will help provide you with a sound posture
- Next to cross-country skiing, running is
the best type of fitness training for all sports
An explanation as to why running is considered to be the best form of fitness training
- The performance benefits of flexibility
An explanation as to why and how stretching should best be carried out
- Dynamic stretching exercises
Examples of dynamic stretching and mobility exercises, which could form part of the warm-up program in a training session
- A physiotherapist's view on
An overview on the theoretical basis of stretching routines
- Static stretching exercises
Examples of general static stretching and mobility exercises, which can form part of a general flexibility session
- Frequently asked questions about
The scientific facts that support many of the questions asked about stretching
- Dynamic versus passive stretches
The benefits and effects of dynamic and static stretching on the muscles
- How to develop your athlete's
An explanation of the various ways an athlete can improve their flexibility
- General Mobility Exercises
Examples of general static and dynamic mobility exercises
- How to simultaneously improve mobility,
strength and stamina
An explanation of the content, format and benefits of circuit training
- The King of exercises: the Squat
An in-depth guide to the correct set-up and execution of the Squat exercise
- Climb your way to peak anaerobic
An explanation of how to use stair climbing exercises to improve your anaerobic condition
- The running machine
How to enlighten young athletes about their energy systems
- What else can be done in those magic
How stair climbing can be used to develop your anaerobic condition
- Core Stability Training
How to strengthen the multitude of muscles that make up the most vital section of your body - the 'core'
- Smart Recovery Guidelines
Some tips that will help you to recover quickly from your matches or training and help to keep you fit to play
- Ways to improve the dorsiflexion and
plantar flexion action of the foot
Exercises that will help to reduce your foot/ground contact time and improve your speed
- Warm up activities & stretching
How to warm-up properly so as to reduce the risk of a sports injury
- Does pre-season strength training
protect rugby players from non-contact injury?
How pre-season strength training may help to reduce injury in the playing season
- Interval training for the games
How you can increase your aerobic and anaerobic capacity using interval training
- How to improve your general
How, in 45 minutes, you can improve your strength, balance, aerobic conditioning, core conditioning, help prevent injuries and work on mental focus during fatigue
- How to improve your fitness with
A review of the benefits of whole body vibration training
- Selective muscular stretching
An explanation of the benefits of selective muscular stretching when weight training
- Rotational power training: the
foundation for all athletic power
How to improve your total body power and sport performance with rotational power training
- Static vs. Dynamic Flexibility
The benefits of static and dynamic stretching and which should be used in your training programme
- Seven strategies for developing the exercise habit
A number of suggestions that might help you to establish an exercise routine that will eventually become a habit
- Tips to Increase upper body throwing power
An analyses of the role of the upper body muscles in the overhand throw
- Football Practice - how to get football fit
Getting into real shape for football requires an amalgamation of training methods. You have to be powerful, quick, agile and flexible and have a 'good engine'
Literature Review - Conditioning
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