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Muscle conditioning is a term that relates to a group of exercises that are performed in order to strengthen the muscles in the body and improve endurance. Weight lifting using machines or dumbbells is one of the most common forms of muscle conditioning. However, there are also a number of exercises for conditioning that do not necessarily require the use of weights.
Squats and lunges are two of the most common exercises that are used to condition the muscles in the legs. Push-ups condition the muscles in the arms and upper body. Crunches and abdominal curls condition the muscles in the abdominal region. To increase the intensity of squats and lunges, these exercises can be performed while holding dumbbells of equal weight in each hand. The weights should be held with the arms extended straight down from the shoulders so that the hands are near the outer sides of each thigh.
There are a number of ways to practice muscle conditioning. There are some at-home exercise machines that function as all-in-one muscle conditioning systems for the entire body. Conditioning can also be practiced by maintaining a specific exercise routine that includes some of the exercises described above as well as work with weights such as dead lifts and bench presses.
Many people enjoy workout routines that mix muscle conditioning with cardiovascular exercise. For a 30-minute mixed exercise routine, for example, someone might spend half of that time lifting weights and the other half of that time jogging on a treadmill or using a stair climber. There are a number of exercise classes that mix muscle conditioning with cardiovascular exercise. Body sculpting classes, for example, are a kind of class that mixes conditioning with cardio.
Outdoor exercise trails that include workout stations are great for this kind of mixed exercise. Many public parks have these sorts of trails or loops to promote public fitness. The stations, which include outdoor fitness equipment that can be used for muscle conditioning, are spaced a certain distance apart. Exercisers can jog or walk quickly from station to station for their cardio exercises and then use each station to improve their muscle strength and endurance.
Typical outdoor fitness equipment includes tilted benches for sit ups and crunches, bars for chin lifts, and bars for push ups. These sorts of fitness loops are a great, inexpensive way to get a combination of conditioning and cardio as long as the weather is fair.
Latte31 - I think that performing exercises in the water are also great for those new to exercise or that have a significant amount of weight to lose.
It is fun and it is pretty difficult to sprain a muscle performing water aerobics or swimming and it does burn a lot of calories as well as conditioning your muscles.
Even if you simply march in place you can make a difference in your leg muscles. Being in the water also makes you cooler which is a little more comfortable than working up a sweat outside of the pool.
You can also use your arms and in an alternating criss cross fashion to condition your arms while you lift your legs to work your leg muscles. The pool is really versatile and an easy place to condition your muscles.
BrickBack - I never thought of doing that. I will have to try it. I know that many athletes also use the resistance of the water in order to condition their muscles.
I read that for soccer conditioning an athlete would run in the water in order to build muscle because the water created a lot of resistance and it did not cause any impact on the joints like traditional jogging would.
They also swim in order to develop overall conditioning because swimming also helps develop endurance and does not put a strain on the leg muscles.
I think that there are a lot of exercise at home that you can do to strengthen your muscles as well as your heart.
What I like to do is combine jumping rope with my weight lifting routine. After each set of repetitions I will go on and perform 250 jumps consecutively and then move on to my next set without stopping.
This allows me to improve my cardiovascular fitness level and develop a muscle conditioning workout that really burns fat.
A lot of athletes use jump rope for interval training because it is highly aerobic and gets the heart pumping fast.