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May 9th, 2013, 08:13 AM
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I have the gist that you do different exercises in a circuit. But, what is the benefit of this. Don't you exhaust your muscle more if you do the exercise back to back to back, or is there some sort of benefit to doing different exercise in a loop. Also how many times do you do a circuit and how many exercises should you do. Tell me more about this!

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May 9th, 2013, 11:07 AM
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Seems like there are two ways to do circuits. One way is to combine cardio exercises with weight training exercises. The benefit here is the increased calorie burn. You do not burn a lot of calories doing curls and extensions. But do those same curls and extensions with intervals of jumping jacks or burpees, and you will get a nice burn.

Another way is to do traditional weight training routines, but without breaks in between exercises. Again, the benefit here is increased calorie burn, as well as a quicker workout. So, traditional weight routine for upper body might be to do three sets of curls with 60 seconds of rest in between, then three sets of pushups with rest intervals, then three sets of flies with rest intervals. To make that into a circuit, you would do curls to exhaustion, immediately followed by pushups to exhaustion, immediately followed by flies, then repeat. The idea being that your biceps will recover while you do pushups, your chest and triceps will recover while you do flies, your shoulders will recover while you do curls, and so on.

Yeah, that sounds really "know-it-all" but I'm no expert so I hope that is right, LOL! Does that even make sense? How many exercises you do depends on your fitness levels and how much time you have. How often you do it depends on whether you are doing full-body or a split routine. You know a particular muscle group is ready to be worked again when it is no longer sore. Generally, you do not want to work the same muscle group for at least 48 hours.
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May 9th, 2013, 01:05 PM
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I think that makes sense, its definitely the premise behind videos like the 30 Day Shred which tends to provide good results for a good amount of people (me included )

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May 10th, 2013, 07:42 AM
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Thanks! See I think I had heard of circuit training doing cardio in between, but the second type where you do different exercises in a circuit is new to me. I may decide to try this out but I want to finish my 12 week challenge first. I am struggling to stick with that so I want to do that first. Then I might experiment with something new or even add something like this into my routine and maybe just do it one or two days a week. I don't know. I'd really like to read more on the science of different things.
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