Happy Monday. Last week you learnt how to save yourself loads of time and money by making your own 5 ingredient no bake protein bars, and a couple of weeks ago before that you learnt about how to improve your strength gains by changing a simple but overlooked principle. This week is all about conditioning and how you can break past your “stick” point, by adding something simple, but brutally effective into your workout regime.
Let’s get started.
Workout Edge: Blast Through Your Conditioning Plateaus by Mixing This Into Your Workout Schedule.
For those of you who bought SUPP UP. No Bull, Gym In A Bag Workout Guide, you’ve probably already gained your workout edge.
For those of you who haven’t, I highly recommend you get it now, either as a paperback or e-book straight from this website.
Let’s cut to the chase – running doesn’t cut it. It’s not enough. While being in the military is both a strength and running man’s game, simply pounding the pavement isn’t going to help improve your aerobic conditioning to any impressive level.
Continuous improvement in conditioning is primarily accomplished by upholding one key principle:
Getting better at something through the same repetitive motions may work in some aspects of life, but when it comes to conditioning, your body ever so desperately needs constant change, in order to override its very efficient habit of adaptation.
Adaptation in conditioning ultimately means death to progression.
So shaving off numbers from your best mile time may be something impressive, but there’s one possibility that’s never factored in:
Most of those runs are without any change in context.
That is to say, while you may have an impressive run time, what are you wearing at the time you’re doing it? Regular gym clothes? Is it an unloaded run? Are there hills? Do you have to rapidly change pace/direction?
All of these factors can change things completely, and suddenly your personal best doesn’t seem so impressive.
In order to condition effectively, you have to change things up. A great way to start is by learning to skip (or jump) rope. It’s one of few quality, ultimate conditioning tools that work long-term.
If you’re in the military, you’re bound to have a boxing team or gym you know of – boxers swear by this method of conditioning, as it’s a rapid pace conditioning exercise, where you can easily change up tempo and intensity, continuously pushing yourself by making small but significant tweaks here and there.
(Side note: smart boxers also understand and swear by the importance of nutrition.)
Benefits of training with jump rope is talked about extensively in SUPP UP. No Bull, Gym In A Bag Workout Guide, breaking down why it’s effective, the muscles it works, the best types of rope to jump rope with according to conditioning goals, and provides you with some good customizable routines you can tweak for your own levels or goals.
The best part about jumping rope is you can work it into your workout week and it doesn’t have to take a huge chunk out of your time like running does – so you get a chance to compare the two and see for yourself the differences in training.
Skip rope isn’t the only method of conditioning discussed in the book either – there are other options as well that are just as effective and much more intense in comparison to your bog standard run.
So, stop running, and start thinking about conditioning differently.
Most important of all, make sure after each workout you fuel your muscles adequately, by learning how to make The Best Damn Post-Workout Shake You’ll Ever Have.
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