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Why Amateurs Diet and Professionals use Sports Conditioning

Posted Apr 04 2013 8:23am

There is a common misconception prevalent among the athletes. They believe that simply participating in the sports event is sufficient to make them remain in the best of shape and physically fit. There are a certain category of athletes who have a negative mindset towards sports conditioning and training programs. Some give excuses about their age for not participating in these training programs. But the actual fact is that any one irrespective of age and gender can participate in sports conditioning training program. And it's highly beneficial for every one of those who participate.

We will divide our discussion into three major segments. The first segment will point out to those people who do require sports conditioning. The second segment will highlight the components of such a training program. And the third segment will discuss about gym training sessions. So let's start:

Segment 1: Who actually need sports conditioning?

Anyone and everyone can take part in this program. A fit body is the necessity to healthy life. You may be 8 years old kid or 80 years old senior, the conditioning fitness program will help immensely in maintaining a healthy and fit body. While many think that sports conditioning is only for the athletes, the actual fact is somewhat different. It's true that sports conditioning programs are must for athletes to increase on their endurance level but at the same time, it can be carried out by normal people also to stay fit. However, there are different conditioning programs available. A sports conditioning program tailor made for athletes will never be incorporated by the normal working class. They will be provided with something different or less intense. Different sports conditioning programs are developed according to the nature of sports and lifestyle. There will always a be a different conditioning program for soccer player when compared to a wrestler or a badminton professional. Similarly, a normal working professional, a housewife, or a kid will have different sports conditioning programs to carryout.

Segment 2: Basic components of Sports Conditioning

Many people, even expert trainers normally address only three basic components of sports conditioning: endurance, strength, and flexibility. A lot of these trainers are of opinion that if an athlete is considered fir, then they need not have to participate in sports conditioning programs. Simply carryout half an hour jogging session, some bench presses, leg squats, and it's enough workout done. But, this is totally wrong! Remember, strength training programs need not have to complement the routines followed by bodybuilders. There will be no similarity between the schedule followed by a bodybuilder and athletes from other sports. For athletes, training should be carried out more functionally. This means they need not have to just work on the primary muscles following some isolation exercises like leg extensions. What makes sense it to train all those muscles that offers strong stabilization ability, i.e. to hold the athletes entire body during the sports and keep it stay in the best balancing condition. Athletes need to train all their muscles following a very complex movement. it should be done in multiple planes where multiple joints should concert with one another. Note that a complex movement is very similar to a symphony. Every single muscle group of the body and nervous system need to work in concert with one another, generating perfect harmony with the perfect timing to focus at. Remember, this is what the body actually functions in real life.

The basic components of a Sports Conditioning Training Program are listed down below:

• Endurance
• Strength
• Speed
• Flexibility
• Power
• Balance
• Agility
• Co-ordination

Endurance can be further divided in two categories: 1) Cardiovascular endurance and 2) Strength endurance.
Cardiovascular endurance refers to the heart's blood pumping ability to all the working muscles present within the body. It is also the ability of these muscles to use the delivered blood in proper functioning.
Strength endurance refers to a muscle's performance ability for the maximum contracture time without any break.. A common example can be relentless hill climbing.

Strength can be defined as the maximum extent to which the body muscles can exert force while contracting against resistance.

Speed refers to the body's ability to move in the most efficient manner without wastage of any effort.
Flexibility is basically the ability of body to work with an extended motion range without causing any tear or strain to the muscle tissues.

Power is the fine blend of strength and speed. It is the ability to exert highest level of muscular contraction at a single go.

Balance is the ability to control the movement and positioning of a body while offering it the perfect supportive touch.

Agility is the ability of a body to perform extreme power movements in different directions at a rapid succession rate.

Co-ordination is nothing but to integrate all the above mentioned movements in a proper organized manner so that the muscle tissues never suffer from any injury.

Segment 3: What is the necessity to train in gyms?

A good gym is always better for training and carrying out sports conditioning programs. Athletes can tremendously benefit from resistance training. And a gym is always best place to carryout such sort of a training program. In presence of professional trainer, training sessions will be more genuine and safer. A professional trainer will guide towards the right training procedures and can provide the best supportive touch.

About The Author: Diana is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, travelling and reading books. She contributes to Vahe Hayrapetian

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