SPIN THE WHEEL
Trendy multi-circuit classes have you change up equipment and moves—bouncing from cardio to strength to drills— every few minutes. With diversity comes pluses and minuses…
YOU WIN! + Short, intense bursts of activity (à la HIIT) rev your metabolism—and novel moves boost your mood too. + You’ll have trainers at many stations to show you technique— a better student-teacher ratio. + You might end up loving an exercise you’d never tried before, spurring you to add it to your mix. YOU LOSE
– Performing new exercises, especially in a busy place, slightly ups your risk for injury. – You may not have time to get in enough quality reps to reap a move’s full rewards—if the working muscle group isn’t tired by the interval’s end, it likely won’t elicit change.
– Rest intervals are strictly timed and not adapted for your fitness level, so if you need extra breaks, you might fall behind. BOTTOM LINE
Try a variety sesh as a HIIT workout once a week to stave o boredom. Just keep up your other activities—consistency is key.
Source: Dixie Stanforth, PHD, senior lecturer in kinesiology, University of Texas at Austin GRAND PRIZE: A FITTER BODY MEDICINE BALL SLAMS DUMBBELL STEP-UPS BATTLEROPE WAVES 200-METRE ROW BENCH PRESSES TREADMILL SPRINTS STAUQS LOTSIP XRT SPU-V E D S T F I L D A S G A B D N A