Training Styles

There are lots of training methods with different benefits and goals. It can be useful to utilize different methods of training to target and accomplish different goals. Training can lend you focus and guidance when it comes to progressing in your exercise, and can be helpful in teaching you more about your body and its abilities. Cardio and resistance are the two aspects of fitness, both of them accomplishing different goals, respectively. When beginning your own journey, it can be useful to sit down to decide which style fits best into your own goals.

Cardio is one category of training, one that many are familiar with. In regards to cardio, one can work with moderate continuous, or HIIT. Moderate continuous training is led at a steady pace for around 20-30 minutes. Because of its steady pace and set time, moderate continuous is easy to do and plan. HIIT, on the other hand, stands for “High Intensity Interval Training,” which is a shorter time overall. HIIT takes planning and tracking, since the intervals must be timed and monitored closely. When your heart rate is above 80%, one of the benefits of HIIT is that  it burns more fat. However, this should not be sustained.  

Resistance training has varied approaches: regular strength training, circuit training, and powerlifting are three options. Regular strength training is usually 8-10 reps, with 2-3 sets per body part. You focus on one exercise at a time to isolate whatever muscle group you’re trying to target. Circuit training is what it sounds like: going through a rotation, or circuit, of exercises. This will increase your cardio capacity, and you’ll spend less time at the gym. Finally, power lifting is another type of resistance training. This typically includes 2-6 reps in 3-6 sets. They are made up of one complex movement, such as a squat, deadlift, or bench press. Utilizing power lifting works best when you increase your upper limit once your body is acclimated to the new weight. 

There are benefits to each, and to whatever training style you choose. Neither is better than the other, they just have different focuses; find the one that works best for you. You don’t have to decide on one, either! Utilizing both cardio and resistance training in your exercises will help give you a rounded out and balanced fitness regimen that can accomplish your various goals. Don’t be afraid to try out different types of training to find out what works best for you and the steps you would like to take, as some training may fit others differently. Once you find a type that works well for you, explore its expanses! The world of training has endless possibilities, and there is a workout out there for you that fits.