Activ8 Frequently Asked Questions
What Etiquette Should I Follow when using a PCYC Queensland Gym?
To ensure every PCYC Queensland member has an enjoyable experience, we strongly encourage you embrace gym etiquette; such as bringing a towel with you to use on equipment, and returning equipment like dumbbells to the appropriate racks.
What is the Purpose of Strength Training?
Strength training is a good way to start looking and feeling great. Strength training forms a very important part of overall fitness and has a range of benefits for people of all ages which include, improving muscle tone, making it easier to do the things we do on a day to day basis, improved balance and posture and loss of body fat.
Strength exercises will often involve either utilising your own bodyweight to build strength, plus either pin, free or plates weight equipment. You will be reminded to gradually increase your strength training weights as you progress through the Activ8 plan. We have developed a handy reference tool so you can identify what type of weights are used for each exercise in the Activ8 Strength program and which group of muscles the exercise is designed to target.
What is the Purpose of High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)?
HIIT workouts provide a number of health benefits including burning a lot of calories in a short amount of time, helping you lose fat and gain muscle, improving oxygen consumption and may offer other unique health benefits such as reducing heart rate and blood pressure.
High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) is a broad term for workouts that involve short bursts of intense exercise alternated with low-intensity recovery periods. Typically, a HIIT workout will range from 10 to 30 minutes in duration and the activities being performed will vary but can include sprinting, jumping or other body weight exercises. Sometimes HIIT workouts may involve weights, but the focus will be on working out at a higher intensity.
Some exercises require the use of either Dumbbells (DB) or Kettle Bells (KB) When using weights during HIIT workouts it is important to choose a weight that is appropriate for your ability. Due to the nature of HIIT training and it based on timed intervals rather than reps you may need to decrease your weights to be able to complete the intervals. Remember HIIT training is based on intensity rather than the amount of weight you are lifting so start light and increase this slowly each week as you feel you are capable.
What do these Nutrition Terms Mean?
This macronutrient is an amino acid and source of fuel that is vital for health, enzymes, A/B balance, transport and antibodies. It kicks in when your carbohydrates are depleted during exercise. The body is unable to oxidise protein as a nitrogen component macromolecule. Having a high protein, low carbohydrate diet may suppress the appetite due to the satiety and combining a high protein diet with resistance training may result in a loss of fat mass.
Whilst carbohydrates dominate in high intense, short bursts of exercise, fats dominate in long duration, low intensity exercise. They are also the predominant fuel source as they are lightweight and kick in when glycogen stores are depleted due to being an ideal cellular fuel. Not only all of these benefits, it produces the most energy when oxidised.