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Unread 07-09-2010, 03:18 PM
tayjeremy tayjeremy is offline
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Hmmm I wonder how circuit training would come under the question posted above Lyle.
Normally when i meet guys who want "general fitness" they ask me if i can advise them on doing something to keep heart rate up, sweat alot and also give them DOMS (obviously muscle but they want the DOMS to tell them they did the work).

Since i am no expert i just tell em to do some circuit training... anything else and they say "you sir failed to please me".
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Unread 07-09-2010, 05:41 PM
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lylemcd lylemcd is offline
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From a fitness standpoint at leat, circuit training tends to generate gains somewhere in between pure strength and pure endurance training. Does it do the same for health? i don't know.
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Unread 07-23-2010, 12:54 PM
eat the rich eat the rich is offline
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i had a hr monitor. i' d set it to beep at 120 and 160. i'd do kbells, chins dips, press ups, curls, abs, bbell complexes.

i cannot see, given hr is kept in a taget range why any particular physical activity is better
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Unread 07-24-2010, 07:20 AM
LarryR LarryR is offline
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Wouldn't the difference be in CV conditioning? If the HR is going up pushing weight in response to forcing blood through contracting muscle, and in response to adrenaline it's one thing. However, if HR goes up moving a high volume of blood to keep muscles in motion, processing large quantifies of O2, improving efficency of the oxidative system, it's another.

I agree that circuit has elements of both, but not complete training in either.
I've done it for about a year, and like it, and will probably go back to it.
However I am trying the traditional aerobic combined with weights for now.
Sometimes you feel you have to mix up the mixed up by unmixing it
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Unread 10-29-2013, 09:06 AM
SFFire SFFire is offline
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For the cardio portion, 20 min 3x per week is the minimum but it mentions going beyond the minimum has additional benefits. Are the benefits significantly greater adding more time and is the benefit larger adding more days or just adding more time to the 3 days? At what point do the returns diminish? Is the relationship of duration to health linear for number of days? For length of session?

And lastly, if the benefits are fairly short lived which requires constant up keep, when does the benefit return to baseline? After one missed session or one missed week?

Thanks for the help
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