In my last post, I gave you the consolidated layout to my physique strength training. Conditioning was a crucial component to my program as well because it helped with a greater EPOC and contributed to overall fat loss. Nick and I were just as systematic about my conditioning programing as we were with my strength training. We wanted to make sure that we were NOT doing conditioning that was heavily fatiguing on the lower body if that day that was intended for legs to rest (ex: we did not run sprints the day after a heavy lower body day). We also undulated my conditioning to match the intensity on my system with that of the strength training.
Low Rep strength days (5-6 sets, 4-6 reps), I performed high intensity, anaerobic conditioning–4 min-8min max. Often we incorporated Tabatas, sled work or sprints.
Med Rep strength days (3-4 sets, 8-12 reps) we performed about 12 minutes of interval work at a moderate intensity. This often consisted of Airdyne bike intervals or an upper body interval circuit.
High Rep strength days (2-3 sets, 15-25 reps) I did conditioning for a longer duration (15-25 min) at a lower intensity. Sometimes the slideboard, the Airdyne bike or an upper body circuit (see Strength Training Split, High Rep, Part IV)
So there you have it! It’s actually a simple formula that we followed– 1. Match your strength training and conditioning goals for that day in order to keep the intensity levels and energy systems demanded consistent and 2. if it is an upper body day, stick with upper body conditioning –boxing, sledge hammer work, band work, etc. On lower body days, stick with lower body conditioning–sled work, tire dragging, sprints, etc. This stays consistent with the split routine and aids proper rest on the designated muscle groups intended to rest on that day.