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23 Oct 2006

circuit training
in choosing a gym is it best to go with one that does circuit training instead of one that just offers equipment you can use as long and however you want? i understand the concept of using the equipment pushing yourself hard and then doing light exercise inbetween equipment to get your heart rate down to up on the next equipment is this what ultimately constitutes most weight loss?
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01 Jan 0001

Hi there

I think that the circuit layout is very convenient, but remember that it's not the machines that help you to lose weight, it's HOW you use them. In otherwords, I could give you a rubber ball, a piece of elastic and a rubber tube and, in theory, you should be able to achieve some result. So the circuit, in my view, is just a neat practical layout that helps people to achieve results, but is by no means the answer - there are many ways to see progress.

So in choosing the gym, the most important thing is to choose the one that you will attend most often, and that allows you to be comfortable and not compromise your training for whatever reason. Silly example - don't choose the one that is out of your way, because at the end of a long day being tired, you will find excuses to skip training. Similarly don't choose the one that gets so busy that you have to wait 15 minutes to use a treadmill. Choose based on what will allow you to train the best or most effectively.

As for what you do, you have the right idea, but you can do this by combining weight training and cardio. The cardio is critical - you have to run, cycle, row, do taebo or something to allow you to get your heart rate up. And you need dedicated days of this - I don't believe it is enough to do it for 10 minutes, you should be aiming for 3 or 4 days a week where you do a minimum of 30 minutes of cardio - a class perhaps, like spinning or aerobics.

The weight training is also important, you should keep it up, but recognize that the training must be focused on cardio.

Good luck
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