How To “Cycle” Conditioning Workouts
There seems to be a lot of confusion on this topic, so I wanted to address it quickly for all the Synergy readers.
No one can progress infinitely at the same rate.
Conditioning, like strength training should be cycled in some manner. For strength, some coaches use linear periodization to train once specific facet of strength at a time to allow the others to recover. Other coaches (like myself) use concurrent periodization but do include deload weeks and should schedule the “training season” to make sure the athlete is in peak shape for their actual sport season.
Conditioning is no different.
There are a few problems with complete (and let me define complete in a minute) year around conditioning programs for athletes.
- Less physical energy for strength progress
- Less valuable time for working on other facets of strength
- Burning the typical (already lacking) nutrition of a high school athlete.
- Add 10-15 minutes of high intensity conditioning 1-2 times a week.
- Conditioning may be sprints, hill sprints, sled pulls/pushes, barbell complexes, rope battling, etc
- Do you primary strength or explosiveness exercises FIRST!
When To Add Conditioning
- We have lots of conditioning ideas posted for you on the Synergy YouTube page.
- We have a complete manual and templates you may be interested in at Bull Strength Conditioning. MAKE SURE to read the “Athlete Consideration” section to optimize BSC for your sport.