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4/25/12 2:11 P

It's difficult to really say what many of these kinds of exercises are without knowing how hard it is taxing a body and what part. I know my treadmill is cardio because I keep my heartrate up throughout the event. My ST is a bit different. I kinda put my pushups and other ones like that as calisthenics and my weight lifting parts as ST. But even then, it depends some on how taxing one is using that exercise. When I began, my ST was really mostly conditioning since I was able to do more than 15 reps easily. But I wanted to condition my old muscles before I put too much of a strain on them. Now, I still do some conditioning, especially when I add a new exercise, but most of my workout is ST.

As far as how to log it in, I really just let this computer take care of that. It logs in my ST, but I don't see it putting it in as calisthenics or anything like that even though many of the individual exercises are. I just don't think it is all that important and that the only time it should be logged in that way is if one actually did to enough of it to really count. I think for the most part, it is just an offset for the sitting around at this computer and is already figured in with my BMR.

4/25/12 2:01 P

I would consider it a conditioning programme as opposed to a strength programme or a cardio programme. Unfortunately Spark does not have a category for conditioning per se. I classify it as a conditioning or combination programme in that are both strength exercises and what are essentially cardio exercises.

It will get you fit however I am not sure how effective a fat loss programme it may be.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,997
4/25/12 1:51 P

I'd agree that some of it is cardio. You can manually take your heart rate to see how hard you're working and whether or not your heart rate is in the cardio zone. If it is, then I'd count it (or at least part of the time) as calisthenics or circuit training.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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4/25/12 12:34 P

Some of that is definitely strength training--and some of that, like jumping rope or doing jumping jacks, is going to act as cardio raising your heart rate.

I don't know if the calorie burn is accurate--but if you're feeling energized & sweaty & pumped afterward, that's FANTASTIC! Don't worry about the rest--just mark the time somehow so it's added to your fitness minutes & keep DOING IT! :)

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4/25/12 12:31 P

...or just strength training?

So for the past couple of weeks I've been doing a strength training routine Circuit style) but it has very little cardio in it. I do my cardio later in the day and do the strength training (calisthenics) in the morning. The routine takes me about 15 minutes to do and I'm usually sweating when i'm done but don't know what my heart rate is (I don't have my HRM yet). but I don't think it's very high. I don't know what i should be marking it as for exercise...strength training or calisthenics. This is my circuit routine...

1 rep (10)- push ups
1 rep (20 each side)- cross stomach crunches
1 rep (20) - arm lifts over chest laying on back with weights
1 rep (20) - reverse sit ups
1 rep (30 seconds)- jumping jacks
1 rep (10)- push ups
1 rep (20 each leg) - kneeling leg kicks/backwards leg lifts
1 rep (20 each side)- cross stomach crunches
1 rep (30 seconds) - jump rope (with no rope)
1 rep (10)- push ups
1 rep (20 each leg) - kneeling leg kicks/backwards leg lifts
1 rep (20) - reverse sit ups
1 rep (20) - arm lifts over chest laying on back with weights
1 rep (10)- push ups

When i mark it as calisthenics, it says I've burnt 170 calories. would i really burn that many calories doing this routine for 15 minutes?

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