Quality Over QuantityBy Ross Enamait - Published in 2004
Strength and conditioning routines must emphasize quality over quantity. Lengthy training sessions are often the result of excess rest between sets or a lack of intensity. When you train with intensity, you can often achieve more, in less time. Consider the fighter who jogs 5 miles at a leisurely pace. His roadwork session will average 40 minutes or more. Based on the total time spent training (quantity), this fighter believes he has trained with intensity.
Now compare his 40 minutes of slow paced jogging to the routine listed below. This brief (but intense) routine can serve as a morning conditioning session.
Sample Conditioning Workout
- Perform 12 burpees
- Immediately sprint 100 meters
- Perform 10 Plyometric pushups
- Jog back to the starting line
- Repeat 6-10 times
There is no rest between exercises. After completing 10 pushups, you will jog back to the starting line (active rest), and proceed through the entire routine. Complete this cycle 6-10 times. This routine will require a fraction of the time necessary to jog 5 miles. Yet despite the minimal time requirement, the intensity of this brief routine will blow away any jogging session.
You do not need equipment, just the will to succeed. This routine focuses on explosive power, endurance, and speed. These attributes are essential for all combat athletes. You can perform this brief routine 2 to 3 times per week. Do not perform this routine on consecutive days. More lengthy (sustained) runs can be performed on alternate days for general conditioning and to assist with recovery between these more intense conditioning challenges. Even when running distance however, focus on keeping a brisk pace. Pushing yourself to maintain a brisk pace over several miles is much different than leisurely jogging through the distance with minimal effort.
Training is like many things in life. You get what you put into it.
About the Author - Ross Enamait is an innovative athlete and trainer, whose training style is among the most intense that you will find. Ross is committed to excellence and advancements in high performance conditioning and strength development. He has a sincere interest in helping today's athlete in their quest for greatness.
Ross has authored several training manuals, and operates a training business in the New England area. Feel free to contact him at [email protected], and follow his regular updates at www.rosstraining.com/blog.