This training is built around supersets or circuits using compound exercises -- exercises requiring a maximum amount of energy because multiple joints are involved. Your heart rate will be elevated and your recovery time between sets would be limited, therefore accomplishing strength and cardio simultaneously.
If you are truly challenging the heart, lungs and musculature in one workout, it is not always going to be pleasant. But if you are up for the test, it will certainly be results-oriented. Obviously, this is not an ideal choice for a beginner, but it can be modified to suit both the intermediate and advanced exerciser.
Common MRT exercises are:
MRT tops the charts in total calories burned, typically about 400 to 500 calories per 30 minutes. The beauty of this type of training, though, is your metabolism keeps running high for up to 48 hours, which is the real calorie liquidator. If you are involved or want to be involved in this type of high-intensity training, consult a qualified trainer. They can quickly modify a class situation to particular needs or limitations and should incorporate a generous amount of mobility exercises both in the warm-up and final stretch.
Cindy Boggs, fitness presenter, author and Activate America director, has been an ACE-certified instructor/trainer since 1989. Send your questions about fitness, training or health to her at YMCA of Kanawha Valley, 100 YMCA Drive, Charleston, WV 25311, or email cindys...@aol.com. Look for Cindy's award-winning fitness advice book, "CindySays ... You Can Find Health in Your Hectic World," at www.cindysays.com, or contact the YMCA at 304-340-3527.