Sunday, March 27, 2016

The BRICK Workout... WHAT Is It and WHY Is It Good For You?

What is a BRICK workout and WHY should we do them?  (Scroll down for answers to some questions that I have received)

Actually, the brick workout refers to the stacking of two disciplines during the same workout, one after the other with minimal to no interruption in between. As you switch modes of exercise, your body needs to effectively and efficiently prepare for the next demand while recovering from the previous exercise demand. Your heart rate increases significantly as your body tries to shift the blood flow from the muscles of the first exercise to the demands of the muscles of the next. Brick workouts help your body handle the aerobic, anaerobic, and muscular demands of an effective training routine.

The key to this type of workout is the short time in between the 2 exercises.  In the gym, the BRICK workout makes time pass by quickly as you move from one exercise to another.  At Crank It Up: Cycle Row Strength, the pattern is usually cycle-row-cycle, but sometimes it's cycle-strength/TRX-cycle.  We offer the BRICK workout 5 days a week at 8:30am and in the early mornings at 5:45am M/W.

Q:  Is the BRICK workout too intense?  
A:  Not at all!  You do them at your pace!!

Q:  Is the BRICK just for extreme triathletes?   
A:  Not at all! Anyone can layer their workout!
Q: Sounds like the BRICK is just for the "very fit".  
A:  FALSE!!  Anyone can layer their workout! You give what effort you can and, I promise, you will receive results!

1 comment:

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