Make Conditioning Work for You

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If you’re like me, cardio is not your favorite part of training. But if you know the value of adding some aerobic training, you will not think twice about it. Some of the benefits of including more cardio in your training are improved aerobic capacity, improved endurance, and reduced body fat. Some people get their aerobic training by jogging or riding a bike, which are both great! There are others who may not find going for a run entertaining. I am one of those people, but there are other great options. Personally, I like to play basketball a couple of days a week. Everyone is different, but if you’re struggling to find ways to work cardio into your training or just want to try something new here are some ideas.

Play a recreational sport

A fun way to work on your conditioning is to find a sport that involves both anaerobic and aerobic energy systems

  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Volleyball
  • Combat sports (boxing, kickboxing, Jiu Jitsu, ect.)
HIIT Training
  • Intense exercise with short recovery time
Strongman Variations
  • Yoke Carry
  • Atlas Stone Carry
  • Farmers Carry
Sign up for a local race

You can run with a friend, and some have crowds to keep you motivated. Races like the Spartan Races have obstacles so you’re not just running the whole time.

  • Spartan Race
  • Iron Man
  • 5K-10k
Conclusion

Cardio is such an important element of physical fitness. While there are many options to incorporate conditioning, each of these options will require determination, technique, and persistency. One of the best tools no matter which route you choose it to find someone to hold you accountable to it. Coaches are excellent choices for this as they also provide years of expertise and knowledge. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you have more questions about cardio, conditioning, or coaching.

Spencer Haywood
M.S. CSCS

spencer personal trainer

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