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Interval Training, Weights- Some questions

Hey guys- I tried searching for this but couldn't come up with anything; just looking for some help here:

1. is it "bad" to do interval training + weights in the same day?
2. is it "bad" to work all muscle groups on the same day?

I have one day a week where I can get in a long workout and would like to do interval training + full body weights but every training plan I find online suggests 20 minute workouts 4x a week...

Advice/ experience appreciated!

Sun. Mar 30, 11:31am

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Neither of those things is bad, but combining the interval training and weight training might leave you feeling pretty crappy the rest of the day. Make sure you do the weights first, because if you're doing your HIIT right, you won't feel up to doing it afterwards.

Sunday, March 30, 2008, 12:12 PM

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I do whole body weight training workouts 3X a week and mix high and medium intensiy cardio workouts the rest of the time. Sometimes I do light cardio on the days I weight train, but the previous poster is right--the few times I've mixed weight training with interval training, I was wiped for the rest of the day. Definately do it AFTER weight training.

Monday, March 31, 2008, 1:04 PM

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I mix interval training with weight training, it's actually very much like if not actually called circuit training. I will do a mile of interal training on my treadmill, get off and do sit ups, push ups, weights, etc for 15 mins, then another mile of interval and another of the weights etc. This is a great work out and if you do at least 3 times it's a great 45 minute or so work out depending on how fast you get through that mile. I do this about 3 X per week. The rest of my workouts are either straight interval training, High intensity training, and/or cardio and sculpting videos. It's great to mix it up. However, experts do say you should let your muscles rest the day after weight lifting or toning exercises to let the muscle heal and form properly so you may just want to take that part into consideration.

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:25 PM

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I do heavy weights each bodypart only once a week for two weeks

and then a sick full body "circuit" w/ free weights for one week every day (5 days). Insane I know, but that is to "mix it up" and break it down hard

1. No
2. No, but that should not be your norm.

I say "20 minute workouts 4x a week" is not enough- go as long and as hard as you can w/o injuring yourself or being redundant If you did 3 hours a day you would be fine

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:40 PM

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OP - define "interval training". Do you mean going faster then slower then faster on the treadmill, or somehting else?

Monday, March 31, 2008, 5:43 PM

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You can make up a weight training circuit where you add all those exrcises that workout the muscles that you want worked out, try to choose the compound ones like lunges, squats, pushups, chest press, that work out more than one muscle group. Also include in the circuit, some cardio to keep the heart rate uo like step ups or jump jacks or jump squats etc...all in all about 7-8 exercises per circuit. This should take you about 45-50 minutes. Hop from one exercise to another quickly, about 3 times the entire circuit.
Once done, get on to a cardio machine like X-trainer for an interval sesion of about 15-20 minutes.
If done correctly and quickly this process should take you about 1 hr to 1 hr 10 minutes and should burn about 600-800 calories with the added benifit of strength training.
Good luck

Monday, April 05, 2010, 5:25 PM

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Interval training or HIIT (High intensity interval training) means doing a cardio workout that involves short bursts of high intensity cardio and slightly longer bursts of moderate cardio
This can be done in a ratio of 1 minute high: 5 minutes moderate or, 8 seconds high:12 seconds moderate...depending on the fitness level
The higher intensity will usually include your highest that you can put in and the moderate one will be such thhat you heart rate should not dip too much
Moderate intensity periods are also called recovery periods and are very important.
HIIT should not be done for long periods. 1/2 an hour is pretty good.
Hope that helps

Monday, April 05, 2010, 5:31 PM

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