Strength and conditioning is the physical development of the body for sport performance, or improved sport performance. It bridges the gap between theories behind training and the training itself.
Strength and conditioning will support you in reaching your long-term fitness goals - whether that’s running faster, becoming more flexible or achieving new personal bests.
There are many accessory movements and parts of your training which could be classed as strength and conditioning.
Here are some of the most popular strength and conditioning training methods:
Jump training is one way of telling your lower body muscles to push themselves that little bit harder. Low volume, low rep plyometrics can build your body’s ability to react explosively and respond to heavier loads.
Whether you throw, slam or launch a medicine ball it is a fantastic tool for upper body strength and conditioning. Utilising your whole body power you can slam the ball to the ground, throw it up against a wall or even overhead. Accelerating the ball is the key focus and using all the strength you can muster is the key focus.
Build strength and weight (where necessary) with the functional movement of pushing and pulling. Whether this is Farmers Walks with kettlebells or using a prowler sled to both push and pull, this functional motion is training both your upper and lower body to develop in the right way.
The explosive nature of sprint training, with appropriate rest, is like plyometrics. It builds stamina, helps with endurance and it hones your skills so, should you need a quick burst of energy, you can find it.
Sprinting is the kind of exercise that makes me feel very healthy and fit, and I can feel my cardio improving with it. I also love kettlebells for cardio and upper body strength.