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Training Types

Are you looking to add variety to your training routine? Read on to learn more about different training types and their benefits. 


Intervals mix periods of work with periods of rest. The work-to-rest periods are termed “ratios” and vary depending on the length of the workout and how much time you have. Intervals:

  • Improve athletic performance and can help with weight loss
  • Increase cardiovascular endurance
  • Are versatile: they can be done with most types of workouts



Circuits blend aerobic conditioning with resistance training. If you’ve attended a boot-camp style class, then you’re familiar with circuit training. Circuits:

  • Bring variety to your existing workout
  • Emphasize “stations” and work a specific muscle group at a specific time
  • Use props, like dumbbells, resistance bands, and medicine balls



Supersets help build muscle mass and endurance by increasing workout “volume” (or total work). Supersets combine two different exercises back to back before a period of rest. They:

  • Usually target opposing muscle groups
  • Achieve a larger number of exercises in a shorter period of time
  • Focus on total “load” (or amount of weight) in a given workout

How do I choose?

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When I was a Wellness Coach at the Marin YMCA, one of my favorite parts of the job was checking in with members who had set goals with me in the past. I always look forward to hearing how members are doing and what new vision they have set for themselves. This can be you, too. Make a wellness appointment today! 


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*Always consult your doctor before beginning new exercise.