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syn 04-09-2013 04:47 PM

alternative to traditional cardio?:confused:
 
would doing a set of barbel complexes such this be a good alternative to cardio


would this build up good cardio?
or would it be better to stick to jogging/sprints (I hate jogging -messes up my knees)

Off Road 04-09-2013 05:03 PM

Complexes are GREAT for conditioning. You can do them after your regular weight lifting session. You can also alternate doing complexes one day and sprints another day. Variety is good.

bamazav 04-09-2013 08:44 PM

Complexes for Fat Loss | Wannabebig

dossas 04-09-2013 10:11 PM

I use complexes for warm ups and for conditioning. I found that even though I'm huffing and puffing, the affect is not quite the same as other more "aerobic" activities. As far as "replacing" cardio, I don't think it would replace cardio completely.

I use circuits of BW exercises, DL's, squats, cleans, snatches, calisthenics, rope jumping, and treadmill incline runs/walks for my cardio. I set up 3-6 exercises and do cycles of 30 sec of work and 10 sec rests. As I progress I will increase my times to like 45 sec work and 20 sec rest - then work my way down on the rest periods . I found that the little rest between exercises allows me to last longer than what I might if doing complexes. I guess a comparison could be the circuits to jogging/walking and the complexes to HIT.

Just my opinion.

leefarley 04-10-2013 03:57 AM

i'm out of breath when i just do squats and deadlifts back to back.

Off Road 04-10-2013 08:11 AM

My favorite routine with complexes. . .

First two rounds: (light weight)
1. Barbell Curls
2. Standing Behind Neck Barbell Presses
3. Upright Rowing
4. Standing Barbell Side Bend

Next two rounds: (add some weight)
1. Barbell Clean and Press
2. High Pulls (Clean or Snatch Grip)
3. Deep Knee Bend and Press Behind Neck
4. Power Snatches

Final two rounds: (add more weight to each lift)
1. Standing Barbell Press
2. Barbell Bent-Over Row
3. Squats
4. Deadlifts

Jamesw 04-10-2013 11:51 AM

Any movement done with the right cadence will have you huffing and puffing.

Sets of power cleans have me spent more than any running I've done.

syn 04-10-2013 02:56 PM

thanks for all the info & opinions.
I was looking for options -at kickboxing we do 30 mins runs - but I find this tedious and not so good o for my knees.

I also heard that traditional cardio - can de-train your muscle, and hinder recovery of an individual who is trying to build strength & muscle.

Jamesw 04-10-2013 05:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by syn (Post 348370)
thanks for all the info & opinions.
I was looking for options -at kickboxing we do 30 mins runs - but I find this tedious and not so good o for my knees.

I also heard that traditional cardio - can de-train your muscle, and hinder recovery of an individual who is trying to build strength & muscle.

There are MMA style circuits that are just wicked with all the stuff they do. Equipment is minimal if you want it to be, just google or youtube it.


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