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UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
1/23/12 11:30 P

There is not one and only one possible accepted definition of the term "circuit". A "circuit" is ANY collection of exercises done one after the other, with or without a break, and with or without repetition.

Out of curiosity I googed "What is circuit training" and looked at the top 7 results:

1. Wikipedia "Circuit training is a form of conditioning combining resistance training and high-intensity aerobics."

2. Brain Mac Sports Coach. Describes a circuit as a series of strength exercises, but then goes on to include many kinds of jumps, shuttle runs, burpess, and other things that are either clearly cardio or have a strong cardio element when done in circuit style.

3. About.com (sports medicine). Says that circuit training means doing exercises rapidly without rest between. It's a little less clear than other sites about whether incorporating cardio now makes it "not a circuit" as the Sgt says, but definitely states it'll build cardiovascular fitness.

4. About.com (exercise). Lists some circuit ideas which include cardio moves of jumprope and jogging/walking.

5. Sport Fitness Advisor. A little vague on whether including cardio makes it "not a circuit", but goes on to describe 20 circuit moves, including fast feet, high knees, treadmills (mountain climbers) and other cardio elements.

6. The Muscle Diary. Talks from a strength training focus, but includes running, jumprope and biking in suggested circuit moves.

7. CircuitTrain.com. Describes how circuit training initiated as muscle endurance building with strength moves, but that now aerobic circuits are very popular.

So there you have it. Not exactly a list of the most definitive authoratitive sources, but heck - a sampling of top 7 results for "What is circuit training" ALL agree that including cardio is fine and still called "a circuit".

Edited by: UNIDENT at: 1/23/2012 (23:47)


SERGEANTMAJOR
Posts: 6,353
1/23/12 2:25 P

Contrary to popular misuse terminology this is a combination workout and not a circuit workout. A circuit training workout is a series of strength training exercises folowed by a recovery period before the next round of the circuit. Done this way there is a built in cardio benefit without any dedicated cardio exer4cises. Adding cardio only adds a couple of percentage points to the cardio benefit built in.

Recent research indicates that mixing cardio and strength alternately is not a good way to workout. https://www.unm.edu/~lkravitz/Article%20fo
lder/cortisol.html


Record it as cardio

Edited by: SERGEANTMAJOR at: 1/23/2012 (14:26)


JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
1/23/12 1:26 P

Thanks! I wasn't sure if I should count it since there's a lot of ST in it. I was leaning towards counting it (I've done a similar class and counted it), so you've helped confirm my decision!



UNIDENT
Posts: 33,498
1/23/12 1:08 P

That's the definition of "circuit" - continuous exercises with no break. That some of it is cardio just even more justifies getting a calorie credit for it.

Log it as circuit training.



JENMC14
Posts: 2,707
1/23/12 11:11 A

I am planning on trying out this workout this week. www.muscleandstrength.com/workouts/stephan
ies-circuit-style-fat-burning-workout.
html

Would it be ok to log it as cardio under the circuit training category, or would it be better to log it inmy quick track and not get "credit" for the calories burned? It has strength & cardio segments intermingled, and the sets are to be done continuously, with no break.

Edited by: JENMC14 at: 1/23/2012 (11:12)


 
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