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SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,774
8/8/13 7:14 A

Have you checked out any of the strength training videos on our site? Those are another option that might hold your interest better.

Coach Jen

LTFROMBC Posts: 571
8/7/13 10:12 P

Thanks. I was hoping that Pilates and Yoga could be a substitute. I enjoy them because I can find a lot of videos that give me variety. I get absolutely bored to death looking at a list of strength training exercises taped to a wall with everything that I should do and as a result I stop doing them very quickly. Oh well, I tried to find a option that would keep me motivated to do the strength training.

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8/7/13 3:39 P

I have to agree with the coach... I love yoga, but it's not a replacement for strength training. It DOES improve balance, core strength, and flexibility (not to mention improving mental health!) but it's more of a complement than a replacement.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,774
8/7/13 7:26 A

Pilates and yoga are great compliments to any workout routine, but I would not consider them to be a replacement for traditional strength training exercises that work your muscles to fatigue in 8-12 repetitions, 1-3 sets. So I would recommend a full-body strength program twice a week, and then you could add in some Pilates or yoga on other days if that interests you and your schedule allows for it.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

LTFROMBC Posts: 571
8/7/13 12:03 A

Are Pilates and Yoga acceptable forms of exercise to do for the strength training? Or do I need to incorporate weights and do exercises such as squats, lunges, etc. If both Pilates and Yoga are acceptable, how many times a week and how long for each session would be good?

Looking for all ideas and suggestions

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