Repeat sets of one exercise or entire workout?

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    Feb 14, 2009 9:59 PM GMT
    Not sure if this was asked before but I didn't see anything.

    So, I've just recently started a workout program within the last month. I've been doing a total-body workout 3 days a week and cardio 2 days a week.


    My question is: When doing the workout, is it more beneficial to do all the reps of the same exercise right after another, or to go through the entire workout and repeat 2 or 3 times after? Would it be better to isolate 2 or 3 exercises at a time?

    Any suggestions are appreciated!


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    Feb 15, 2009 12:16 AM GMT
    It depends on what you consider beneficial.
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    Feb 15, 2009 12:16 AM GMT
    you can do both: either you can do the sets of the same exercise together (I presume you mean set when you say reps), or you can string exercises together into groups and make them into circuits. The circuits will work your body differently . I find my heart rate goes up higher that way and they function almost as cardio. I´ve never tried doing the entire workout as a single circuit. I suspect that you may have issues at your gym with machines if you did that.

    I more normally do circuits, but I swap and change around.

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    Feb 15, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    chuckystud saidIt depends on what you consider beneficial.



    Beneficial meaning, what's going to work the muscle harder -- what's going to build the most muscle in the shortest amount of time.
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    Feb 15, 2009 1:55 AM GMT
    Lostboy saidyou can do both: either you can do the sets of the same exercise together (I presume you mean set when you say reps), or you can string exercises together into groups and make them into circuits. The circuits will work your body differently . I find my heart rate goes up higher that way and they function almost as cardio. I´ve never tried doing the entire workout as a single circuit. I suspect that you may have issues at your gym with machines if you did that.

    I more normally do circuits, but I swap and change around.



    Would you put exercises that work the same muscle groups into the same circuit or alternate muscle groups in 1 circuit?
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    Feb 15, 2009 6:23 PM GMT
    You want to big? You want to strong? You want to up your cardiac threshold? You want to be lean?

    Exercise science can be very specific to goals.

    You've failed to state your goal clearly.
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    Feb 15, 2009 6:39 PM GMT
    you can do both: it depends what your goals are. If you want to get big, just do what Chucky tells you. Doing my workouts is not going to get you a BB physique unless you have odd genes.

    Personally my circuits mix body parts as I give myself only 3 or 4 minutes for both work and rest then start again, so it´s helpful to have a design that means that the working part gets as much rest as possible. But that´s just what I´m doing at the moment as I´m exploring high intensity circuit work. You need to decide what you want then work out how to get there If you don´t have very clear where you want to go, you won´t get there.