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Is conditioning simply just pushing to the limit every time?

No, conditioning does not require you to push the limit every time - just some of the time. In fact, working too hard can directly hurt your conditioning if done over the long term. It can lead to burn-out and eventually lead to cumulative or acute injury. Think of training to improve conditioning like studying for a final exam. If you procrastinate only to cram all the work in at the end, your results will show it. You might get some noticeable gains; however, they will be short-term because you are starting from a de-conditioned state. Whether striving for long-duration endurance, speed durability over moderate distances, or peak output in shortened intervals - great conditioning demands balance and planning in its application. Adhere to both of these policies:

  1. Improving conditioning is a long-term, progressive process to be implemented over months rather than weeks or days; and
  2. Develop a plan that taps into all realms of cardiovascular and metabolic demands. In short, this involves long, medium, and short-duration activities with light, moderate, and high intensities. There is a science and art to training because our bodies require time, rest, and varying demands to promote enhanced performance.

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