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
If you're new to exercise, overweight, or dealing with pain caused by an injury or a chronic condition like arthritis, your doctor may have recommended that you start a low-impact workout program. But what does "low impact" really mean&... 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
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
It's an excuse many of us have heard or even said ourselves: I want to get fit, but I can't afford a gym membership. While a health club can be a fantastic place to work out, it's not the only way to get fit. In fact, you can enjoy a vari... 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
If I count what I eat every day and I do at least 30 min of circuit training or interval training about 5 days a week (at home to a DVD), I will lose a pound or two at the end of the week. If I stop counting I will not lose. I call it the two C's... 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
I heart Amy Dixon. She's a veteran fitness instructor, master trainer and creator of many wonderful workouts you've probably seen in fitness magazines and DVDs alike. I had the pleasure of meeting her last year at the IDEA World Fitness Conve... Read more
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