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?
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.
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!