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how can i integrate cardio and strength training into an effective plan?

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Dr. Jimmy Bowen
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 34 years experience
Cardio and strength : With any workout program the goal is what is ultimately important. Also where you are starting out help to establish the program. A good general resistance program for strength and endurance is the "body for life" program. I think that a complimentary cardio program would be "high intensity interval " program.

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A 41-year-old member asked:

How can strength training benefit you?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
In many ways.: Weight is not the issue. It is all about leaness, strength and tone. Your bodies metabolism will be higher with more muscle mass. This is given to you by strength traing. So weigh the same, but put onosis. Plus, you will look better, both in your mirror a nd the eyes of others.Muscle and lose fat. Plus, it prevents osteopororosis. The list is endless.
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What is functional strength training about?

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Dr. Thomas Namey
Rheumatology 48 years experience
Getting results.: /strength over show. Look at weightlifters vs bodybuilders. Who are the strongest. Who are steroid-puffed up creatures. So you have one of the two answers for "functional" strength training. The other is sports or activity related resistance exercise, specifically designed for competition in a given sport. The exercise for a rower RAE inappropriate for a distance runner.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How do I combine interval, cross and strength training?

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Dr. Kirt Kimball
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Staging: You are wise to combine these various types of training and conditioning. Your muscles get used to the same thing every time. You will maximize your improvement by constantly changing how you exercise. Don't do the same thing for more than 3 weeks without introducing change.
A 34-year-old member asked:

What is the most effective strength training program?

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Dr. Seema Patel
Holistic Medicine 27 years experience
Depends: Strength training can be maintenance of muscle mass as well as increase in muscle mass. The best way to increase muscle is to do free weights slowly in a controlled manner, adding weights with each set and working different groups on different days. Do a cardio work out before to increase the work out challenge if you are advanced. You will also need protein to help build muscle.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What are some tips for strength training in terms of sets and reps to maximize results?

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Dr. Susana Duncan
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 35 years experience
More reps less weigh: To build strength rather than bulk, a muscle needs more reps, and less resistance. Do three sets of fifteen reps with weights that leave the muscle really tired, but not straining or burning. Advance the reps to four sets of fifteen or three minutes of work on the muscle targeted before increasing the weight. To build train 4 days a week. To maintain 3 is enough.

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