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BBJ Fitness Corner | Fitness training types: Find your flow

WHEN it comes to fitness training there are many ways to fill your needs.

If you take a few minutes to Google the various types of fitness training out there, you will come up with a list of about 10 different ones, and then 10 more different variations of each of those. And each year more and more “fitness trends” come out, making it difficult and confusing for individuals to choose what and where to start.

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The BBJ Athletics 0500 Wrecking Crew utilizes the Hybrid Training that includes all the 5 types.  Contributed photo

These ever growing methods could frustrate and confuse what is right for you and for your body. Moreover, you might not get the results you are looking for because you need to try something different. Maybe that different thing does not have to be some crazy, extreme change in gyms, your diet, or everything in your life. In fact, maybe it’s just a workout style that matches you better.

Each product you see today, like CrossFit, Orange theory, and Dailey Method, to name a few, all follow a specific training method. And what works for one person does not always work for the next.

With that, Gold’s Gym personal trainer Jerry Diaz has narrowed it down to five categories of training method.

First off is Circuit Training. This is a high intensity-style workout that incorporates both aerobic exercise and strength training. These circuit workouts can be done with or without equipment. The target is to build strength and muscular endurance. These workouts tend to keep you on the higher end of your heart rate zones and are usually designed in stations for time, with little to no rest in-between. The goal of the circuit training method is good for those people who are looking for weight loss, are in a time crunch, or are looking for overall general fitness, a total-body workout, and toning. Many say this is where you get the most enhancing results because you can get the results you are looking for in less time.

Second on the list is Strength Training. This method is done with resistance weight progression from light to heavy that is comfortable to the individual. Specific strength training styles include Split Training that focuses on one or two body parts per training session. This is used to increase muscle strength specific to goal. Perfect for those looking to put on mass; popularly related to conventional bodybuilding approach or competition. It can be good for those who don’t much time to train; also good if you desire to move heavy things.

What should you do from here? If you’re still lost and looking to find the method that is going to be most effective for you, take some time to define your goals, figure out what is realistic for you, and take into consideration your past exercise experience. All these things play into what will work as well as what you like to do while in the gym.

Another method is the Aerobic Training. This type of training is normally summarized as meaning “with oxygen” or cardio training. It comes down to targeting the cardiovascular system mainly the heart and lungs. This include running, biking, swimming, jump rope, step class and other cardio-based exercises. The aerobic training style is good for those looking to lose weight, for specific training programs like marathons, mud runs, for athletes looking to increase performance and endurance as well as recover appropriately, and for those trying to reduce the risk of chronic illness like obesity, heart disease, and diabetes.

Fourth on the list is High Intensity Interval Training. This type of training is specific to each individual and their personal zones. You can read more hereabout HIIT training, but this training method is focused in on zones like fat burn, cardiovascular endurance, peak performance, and recovery. In many cases, HIIT training is viewed as the all-around best training method there is. Heart rate training helps to increase endurance and sustainability in workouts by allowing you to peak and recover in a way that is specific to your body. Individuals who focus on training zones are athletes finding their peak flow to perform at the highest level in their sport. This method is for everyone.

Ending the list is Flexibility and Balance training. “Opposite to what I know everyone is thinking, it’s not just Pilates or yoga!” said Diaz. Forget the general stereotype of moms walking into the gym with coffee cups, flip-flops, and their yoga mat; this training style is probably the most important, yet the most neglected. It integrates corrective exercises, stretching (both static and dynamic), and movements from head to toe.

The target here is to improve flexibility, mobility, range of motion, balance, recovery and better posture. This is another training that is for everyone. If you are not a yoga or Pilates person, it’s time to start! Pilates and/ or Yoga societies, dancers, runners, power lifters: this is for you! Flexibility training is for every single person who wants to enhance their training to another level.