What You Need to Know About PHA Training

Want to try an efficient total-body workout that you can scale up or down depending on your fitness level? Try PHA training to reach your fitness goals.

What You Need to Know About PHA Training

Peripheral heart action training is a fitness conditioning system developed Dr. Arthur Steinhaus in the 1940s. It’s said to have garnered popularity in the fitness world by 1960's legendary bodybuilder, Bob Gajda. When doing PHA style training, you perform a circuit of five to six exercises for about four or five rounds. “I would call this circuit training to my clients,” says New York City-based trainer, Melissa Paris, NASM, pre- and post-natal fitness expert. The point in doing these exercises and switching from upper body to lower body exercises sequentially is so that you're not building up lactic acid in either muscle group while still training hard, she adds.

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Sequential Exercises

The concept of PHA training is to keep blood consistently circulating during the resistance training session. By performing exercises sequentially—without resting in between—at a medium intensity pace, you’re alternating stress on the upper and lower body muscles.

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