However our good old friend "conditioning" often seems to be a little neglected. And the scary thing is that the process should really be "conditioning & strengthening" or maybe even "conditioning THEN strengthening".
If you are working on power, speed, endurance or even just your fitness levels in general your first concern should be your movement, flexibility and function-ability. Before we even start to train hard we need to ensure we have proper range at our joints, pliable (healthy) muscles/ soft tissues and most importantly: efficient posture whilst training and performing.
The beauty of this principle is that it does not matter who you are or what level of sport or exercise you do. If you are an amateur who just enjoys fitness like, we can have fun and focus together on moving properly and avoiding ending up in pain when we are older (this can often occur from training/working in poor posture or completing bad movement patterns whilst bearing weight). Or if you are an athlete, you can so quickly and so easily OPTIMIZE performance by taking the time to condition your body.
If you are looking to start sport - condition your body before hitting the gym to strengthen up, and continuously take that precious time out to stretch and educate yourself about your body when you do start to build strength.
If you are already in sport - chip away at what limits you every day, if you can't execute a movement or have constant tension or pain, control it and take the time you need. Don't train in pain and certainly don't start chasing after it. *cough cough* Source -> Stop Chasing Pain
If you need any help with optimizing your performance, improving your posture or anything else get yourself down to the clinic. To all athletes and sports fanatics keep it up, take the time out you need and get your body moving at it's best.
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