Fartlek – Conditioning Exercise

Despite the strange name, fartlek training is a well-known conditioning exercise that combines interval training with fast and slow running. This type of training helps to build endurance (as you do not take a break during this exercise), helps to improve your ability to frequently switch from low to high intensity activity (which is often the case in martial arts sparring matches), adds variety to your training routine, etc.

There are a wide variety of fartlek drills. One of the most common fartlek conditioning exercises involves jogging on the straight portions of a running track and sprinting on the curved ends of the track.

All stretches and exercises should be supervised by a trained martial arts instructor to ensure the proper technique is being utilized and to avoid potential injuries. For more conditioning and endurance exercises, please visit the main Martial Arts Conditioning section.

Instructional Videos for Fartlek Training