Circuit training is a workout routine that combines cardiovascular fitness and resistance training. It was first proposed in the late 1950s as a method to develop general fitness. The initial routines were arranged in a circle, alternating betwee... Read more
We've already debunked some outdated diet rules, but what about fitness? Just as there is plenty of questionable diet and weight-loss advice going around, some exercise "rules" that people live by are downright misleading, misguided or... Read more
"Time is money," Benjamin Franklin advised a young tradesman in a 1748 essay. Although we don’t know to what extent he applied Franklin’s wisdom, most of us do understand the implications of this adage in our own lives. When it... Read more
When you think about “fitness classes,” what images come to mind? Do you picture skinny people (leg warmers included) jumping around and kicking their legs to loud music? Although that might have been the case 10 or 20 years ago, the late... Read more
SparkPeople’s Exercise Reference Guides offer an in-depth look at the principles of fitness.
What is Aerobic Exercise?
The American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) defines aerobic exercise as "any activity that uses large muscle... Read more
1) Can I strength train everyday? Can I do the same muscle area 2 days in a row? example: arms, legs, and belly? everyday?
2) Something is wrong with my elbow...tennis elbow?? Anyway, for example: It really hurts to do hammer curls. So I ha... Read more
I'm training for a race, and to adjust my body to running more, I'm supposed to only run 3 days a week and rest for the other days. I don't want to miss out on exercising, any ideas for something less intense and still get a workout?... Read more
I'm supposed to be in training for a half marathon right now but am struggling with motivation. I was thinking maybe less pressure to run miles upon miles and instead just do any cardio might be less stressful. Any cardio is better than nothing, yes?... Read more
I"m looking for some recommendations for a circuit program. I have bands, free weights and a yoga mat. I also have to keep it low impact as I have plantar fasciitis. I've been walking 3-5 miles a day 7x a week for a month and have lost 10 lbs. Th... Read more
"Zero in to tackle your trouble zones and lose up to 5 pounds a week! Eliminate love handles, muffin tops, and wobbly arms for good!" That's what Jillian Michaels' new DVD, No More Trouble Zones, promises to deliver. Her people contacted us to see if... Read more
This is a loaded question! If you ask 10 different trainers, you'd get 10 different answers. One trainer's answer is likely to be based on what they've seen help clients get the best results or their own personal preference for one type o... Read more
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