Austin Sports Medicine: Sixth Principle of Conditioning

It’s time for another Austin Sports Medicine 101 class!

We’ve talked a lot recently about New Year’s resolutions and what type of resolutions are best for athletes and those generally concerned with health and wellness. While resolutions are great, most of us still need a little help making the most of our new workouts; so over the last few blogs, we’ve been talking about the science behind getting the most out of your exercise routines.

There are six principles of conditioning in the field of exercise science that every athlete or trainer should follow when prepping for the optimal workout or exercise program. These principles are universally accepted and should be followed so that those participating can make the most gains and improvements in their fitness and performance levels.

The sixth of the six principles is the Principle of Specificity. It simply states that exercising a certain body part or component of the body primarily develops that part. The Principle of Specificity implies that, to become better at a particular exercise or skill, you must perform that exercise or skill. A runner should train by running, a swimmer by swimming and a cyclist by cycling. While it’s helpful to have a good base of fitness and to do general conditioning routines, if you want to be better at your sport, you need to train specifically for that sport.

In our next blog, we’ll begin talking about a training method called Periodization Training, which adheres to the six Principles of Conditioning, and may help you with your exercise goals.

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