Thursday, March 03, 2011

Different Styles of Training

I just got a nice surprise in the mail this morning.

Four coupons for Three Sisters All-Natural Cereal courtesy of Samantha @ Feet In Motion.  I won her contest a few weeks back and am super excited for my very first trip to Whole Foods.  Thanks Samantha!

I get a lot of question about the best way to workout, so today I thought I would discuss the different styles of training and hopefully help you make a better choice about what is right for you.

(In a different post, I will break down weight training specifically and talk about sets, reps and weights).

Interval Training
This type of training consist of a high intensity activity (such as running) interspersed with a low intensity activity (such as walking) in a single workout.  For example, you may run for 2 minutes, then walk for 1 minutes.

The benefits of interval training include increased cardiovascular efficiency, improved exercise performance and endurance.

Fartlek Training
This is similar to interval training as it involves high burst training, but with no set time or plan.   It all depends on how you (or your trainer) feels that day.  The benefits are the same as above.

Cross Training
Cross training is when you use a variety of exercise modalities in your workout.  For example, instead of running 4 times a week, you mix it up with swimming, cycling and walking.

The type of training reduces exercise boredom, allows for flexibility in your workouts and reduces the risk of injury.

Circuit Training
This can be achieved several ways.  It could involve moving to different exercise stations or machines after a set amount of time.  You could also simply complete one set of an exercise in your workout and move on to the next after a short rest.  When you have finished all of the exercises in the circuit, you start again for the desired number of sets.

Circuit training can include weight training and cardiovascular activity.  It also reduces exercise boredom and helps increase coordination and flexibility.

Boot Camp
I talked about boot camp in this post.  It can be a combination of athletic drills, circuit and interval training.  It is a great way to stay motivated and add variety to your workouts.

What kind of training are you doing?

Stay Healthy,

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