I have clients who really like to change up their workout constantly, and enjoy short cardio bursts. Can I incorporate short cardio bursts like jumping jacks, mountain climbers, knee highs, etc. into a resistance training program? If so, can i incorporate them between exercises to keep the client moving and enjoying their routine?
If the client has no underlying medical/health issues that preclude this type of exercise (e.g. assuming clearance by their physician and a thorough fitness assessment prior to training), and if the exercise is conducted in a progressive, safe and ‘relative’ way (relative to their current fitness level), then ‘yes,’ this type of interval training can be effective, challenging and fun.
Caveat: This type of training is NOT for everyone so proceed with caution!
I have in the past with those clients who were candidates for this kind of training. I fitted into their overall periodization training plan.
As LaRue said, it can be a lot of fun and very challenging at the same time. At this point in time, I personally do not have clients for whom I would consider this type of training appropriate but, for the right person, it is a perfectly valid option.
Same here, I often add in cardio bursts to change things up for a client. Depending on the client and session we may even do supersets adding in a cardio exercise at the end or do sprints after a circuit or set to transition to the next set. It all comes down to the client, their goals and where their current fitness level is, as well as what their mind set is when they come to their session.