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Cardio Weight Training

By Edited Mar 27, 2016 3 3

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Cardio Weight Training


What is cardio weight training? Many people tend to separate the two and do one or the other or do some of one and some of the other. However, you can do both at the same time. While I do cardio separate on the elliptical machine I also do what could be called cardio weight training once I get into the weight room. Many body builders refer to it as super setting or circuit training.

First of all cardio is nothing more than raising the heart rate and keeping it there for a period of time. This is done to improve the cardiovascular system thus the nickname cardio. Working the heart muscle is just as important as the other muscles in the body. In fact, it may be more important in the long run.

Weight training is a great way to reshape the body. Whether you want to lose, gain or maintain, weight training can do it. All you do is lift heavy or light weight, do more or less reps and do more or less sets. By changing how you lift the weights you have a different routine that gives you the result you want.

When you do cardio weight training, then you reap the benefit of both. Circuit weight training is a form of cardio weight training. You can design your own personalized routine or use the weight training circuit station that is set up in many gyms.

If possible start with a routine that is designed for your specific wants or needs. Typically there are trainers in the gym that will help with this. On the other hand, you can design a routine even if you're not fit savvy. You can do this by using Youtube as your guide. They have excellent weight training videos that show you how to perform the exercises as well as explain what muscle group you're working.

To perform cardio weight training you use the exercises learned on Youtube or wherever and do sets back to back with no rest. Usually weight trainers rest a minute or so between sets, but cardio weight training will require you to keep going this way you keep the heart rate elevated. If you stop or rest, the heart rate will slow down losing cardio benefit.

For optimal results with cardio weight training alternate muscle groups. For example, alternate back with chest, biceps with triceps, quads with ham strings and so forth. This way while one muscle group is working the other is resting, however, the heart keeps pumping, so you don't lose cardio benefit.

If you want to improve your level of fitness and health, cardio weight training is for you. Why not give it a try you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

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Sep 27, 2009 11:29am
TX for the important tips for a cardio workout.
Nov 9, 2009 7:12pm
Very informative! Great one!
Feb 5, 2010 5:05am
Great info on cardio weight training.
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