Survey Says! (cont.)

Jun 1, 2004
Outside Magazine

THE TREND To RESCUE THE TIME-DEPRIVED, gyms such as New York Sports Clubs—found in New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C.—now offer 22-minute-long XpressLine circuit programs, which situate eight strength machines, like leg press, lat pull-down, and biceps curl, in a row. The circuit machines are sectioned off from the rest of the club, and a trainer sits there solely to move people through the circuit as quickly as possible.

WHAT'S IN IT FOR YOU "You never stop moving, so you get strength training and 20 to 30 minutes at an elevated heart rate," says John Agoglia, a former personal trainer who edits the fitness trade magazine Club Industry. The circuit targets all your major muscles: chest, back, shoulders, arms, legs, hips, and stomach. "It isn't going to turn someone into an athlete, but it's a legit way to keep fit," says Agoglia.

GET STARTED Any gym with a full range of weight machines qualifies as a speed-circuit destination. The key is to move from station to station without rest. Start with a five-minute warm-up on a treadmill, then shoot for one circuit of eight reps at each machine.

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