When Does Strength Equal Cardio? by Paul M. Juris, Ed.D.
Two general types of exercise predominate the fitness environment; strength training and cardiovascular exercise. In fact, most people treat these as two completely distinct categories, and gyms typically keep strength and cardio equipment well separated.
Interestingly enough, strength training has a cardiovascular benefit too. Consider, for a moment, that the heart, as a muscle, is responsible for delivering blood and oxygen to the working muscles. Those muscles are obviously working while we exercise on cardiovascular devices, such as treadmills and bikes, but they also work when we're performing strength exercises.
Strength Training on the Arc Trainer by Scott Moody
Some think of strength training in terms of maximum strength, or how much weight an individual is capable of lifting (Bench Press or Back Squat Max), while others might be thinking more about functional strength, or the amount of strength necessary to efficiently work through your daily activities.
However you define strength training, one thing we can all agree on is that there are a great number of strength training philosophies out there, and programming for strength training can cover a very broad spectrum. For the purpose of this post, we'll consider the Cybex Arc Trainer's capabilities for those individuals who want to increase their lower body strength enhance all aspects of performance, from the ability to walk up stairs, to the ability to get through plateaus in maximum strength development.
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Adaptive Power Training on the CYBEX Arc Trainer is basically really simple interval training. You can create your own interval training program without changing the resistance during your workout. As you pedal faster, the resistance progressively increases. As you slow down the resistance backs off giving you a rest period without pressing anything. The tremendous advantage that Adaptive Power Training has is in its "adaptive" nature. You, regardless of your training level, can take advantage of the dramatic changes in workload without having to adjust anything.
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