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RENEEFL7 Posts: 62
11/8/10 8:44 A

I do upper body one day (9 machines) and lower body the next (7 machines.) I either do 2 complete circuits or 2 sets on each machine - it really depends on how crowded the gym is. I am working with an ACSM certified trainer, so I feel like I can trust her judgement.

And, it most certainly is working! I do want to try and make it more

11/7/10 9:11 P


Curves IS strength training albeit not a very strenuous form. The machines are strength machines. If you "add" strength training make is something you do not get at Curves and make it challenging.

77PINKLADY Posts: 612
11/7/10 8:32 P

Thanks for posting this question and for all the answers. I was wondering this myself. I do the Curves circuit plus additional cardio 4-6 days a week but plan on adding in strength training in a couple of weeks and was confused about how to incorporate the right calorie count.

11/7/10 8:12 P


Why are you doing a strength training routine six days a week? Nautilus machines are strength training machines. You should not train strength more frequently than every other day. Circuit training is where you complete a series of strength exercises in a fixed rotation, then take a recovery and repeat the circuit again, Normally you will complete four to six rotations in a workout. There is a built in cardio benefit from this type of strength workout, adding a cardio component such as used by Curves increases the cardio benefit only a few percentage points.

A workout on Nautilus machines either in a true circuit without breaks in the circuit or with breaks between machines is a strength workout and not a cardio workout. In my opinion as a trainer your should limit your circuit to no more than eight exercises and do it every other day and not six days a week. Do dedicated interval cardio on the alternate days.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
11/7/10 6:22 P

HRMs are useful for cardio work only. They do not provide an accurate estimate for strength based work, only aerobic work.

FANGLE Posts: 1,821
11/7/10 2:12 P

Wear a heart rate monitor that can track your calories burned and that will be a semi accurate measure of what you will need to eat.

UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
11/7/10 1:11 P

Even if the range is higher, circuit training is a pretty low burn, so there should be some crossover in your range.

Eg if you're 1200-1550 without it, and 1300-1650 with it, you've got 1300-1550 that you know is still right for you, either way.

RENEEFL7 Posts: 62
11/7/10 11:30 A

Thanks! So, some days it is cardio and some it isn't.

I am only wondering because of trying to figure out how much to eat. Tracking it puts me at a higher range than not tracking it, obviously. I am not eating in either range now, but as I try and add calories I am trying to figure out where I need to be.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,753
11/7/10 10:22 A

If you are quickly moving between machines or doing cardio in between them so that your heart rate stays in its target training zone for the entire workout, then I'd call it circuit training. Otherwise, I'd call it strength training b/c it's not really giving you the cardio benefit.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

RENEEFL7 Posts: 62
11/7/10 9:33 A

I don't guess this really matters, but I was curious. When do you call it "circuit training" and when do you call it strength training and not track it?

I do a Nautilus circuit 6 days a week - it takes me 25-45 minutes to do 8-12 machines. How long it takes is dependent on how crowded it is at the gym and how many machines I do. Lower body days take longer because I do more ab machines on that day as well.

Like I said to start, it doesn't really matter because I am not getting to my calorie range with just the 60 minutes of cardio. I hope to in the future, so I would like to know if I should track the Nautilus or not.

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