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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. (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. (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. 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)
Deb, in New Zealand
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.

Record it as cardio

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

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

JENMC14 Posts: 2,775
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!

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
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.

Deb, in New Zealand
JENMC14 Posts: 2,775
1/23/12 11:11 A

I am planning on trying out this workout this week.

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)
I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
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