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Old 04-09-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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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)
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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.
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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.

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