What is the difference between skill work and conditioning training when it comes to your health and fitness goals?

One of the main differences is skill training focuses on perfecting or improving a specific exercise such as handstands, double unders, olympic lifts, pull-ups, push-ups, etc. For example, when I am doing my regular lifting workouts combined with some sort of metabolic conditioning, I will typically take 20 minutes before or after the workout to just focus on any area that needs the most improvement or is a “weak” point for me. Currently, I have been putting in a lot of time breaking down the muscle up movement and my Olympic lifts on the Squat Clean and Snatches because they are movements I have less experience with and am not lifting quite as much weight as I would like to.

What does breaking down the movement mean? For the muscle up, it means I will work on toes to bar and getting stronger in my core, working on the pull-up and the kip, and just going through the movement patterns like this recent Instagram post I made on the different parts I worked on to perfect this technique.

Conditioning is working on your overall endurance and muscular fitness for workouts so performing multiple repetitions and sets of a workout to condition your muscles in a way that builds stamina, boosts fat loss and overall fitness levels. Think of conditioning as maximum amount of effort in the shortest amount of time which can be moving a load (weighted movements) or just moving your own body weight.

In today’s Real Women Talk episode, Kindal and I go over specifically the differences between Skill Work and Conditioning and how we both incorporate this into our own workout and fitness routines! For specific conditioning workouts and skill training, check out ABS Fit Life TV here.


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Ashley Drummonds