Interval vs Circuit

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2009/02/26 14:01:26 (permalink)

Interval vs Circuit

What is Collage's defininition of "interval" workout vs "circuit" workout?  I had thought that "interval" referred to an all cardio workout with surges of higher intensity.  But I see it used interchangably with "circuit".  My definition of circuit is either alternating cardio with weights or rotating work of different muscle groups in an all weight workout.

What is the difference between interval and circuit, because it seems confusing.

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    gemini1412
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/02/26 21:22:17 (permalink)
    I learned the difference between circuit & interval the same as Daine.
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/05 12:46:10 (permalink)
    I would still like to know Collage's answer to this.

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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/07 10:09:07 (permalink)
    I think Circuit Training is with weights+cardio and Interval Training is cardio only. Imo....Circuit training and Interval training are both different. I found this...

    Interval training is basically exercise which consists of activity at high intensity for a period of time, followed by low intensity exercise for a period of time. These 'sets' are repeated.

    Circuit training is a type of interval training in which strength exercises are combined with endurance/aerobic exercises, combining the benefits of both a cardiovascular and strength training workout
    post edited by Dawn - 2009/03/07 10:11:35
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/07 10:20:07 (permalink)
    It's interesting though that some people in the fitness industry seem to use the terms interchangeably. For example, Cindy Whitmarsh in 10 Days to a Better Body calls the workouts "interval workouts" though they are a clear example of circuit workouts because they alternate between cardio and weights. It is confusing!
    post edited by w.o.w. - 2009/03/07 10:23:26
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/07 10:33:37 (permalink)
    ... so a circuit is a type of interval by which the exerciser is switching exercise type within the interval. I guess that makes sense. I am still curious to see what the Collage Moderator response will be.
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/11 14:21:15 (permalink)
    I'm with dawn, that is the exact definition of circuit and interval.

    Thanks Dawn!!

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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/11 16:59:37 (permalink)
    Yes what Dawn said- also interval training can also be cardio and toning without weights. So between high intensity of cardio drills, you will do a lower intensity perhaps with some toning using your own body resistence.

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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/12 12:49:39 (permalink)
    We use these terms interchangeably. Some people would say that one refers to alternating aero/tone segments and the other refers to alternating faster/slower cardio segments. But, that difference is not consistent within the videos so we don't make that distinction either.
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    Re:Interval vs Circuit 2009/03/12 22:50:58 (permalink)
    ACE and AFAA both define them similar to what others have posted: intervals involve changes in intensity and circuits involve changes in activity.
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