We are all busy, stressed for time and constantly looking for ways to optimize our workouts. One method of training that I love and have done for years is circuit training. The purpose of these next couple blogs will be to introduce you to circuit training, highlight the benefits and go through a couple examples of what a typical circuit should look like. What is circuit training?
Circuit training is a combination of both resistance training and endurance exercise in one simple program. In a typical circuit, exercisers will move around a room or gym in a predetermined pattern going from station to station without resting much in between (e.g. walk to the water fountain and back is sufficient rest).
Each station will consist of an exercise with relatively lightweight and high repetitions. The goal of the circuit should be to complete it at a fast yet comfortable and safe pace. As the exerciser gets accustomed to completing a circuit and it is no longer challenging, the repetitions and the weights at each station can be increased. By not resting between exercises, the circuit takes on a strong aerobic component, as the exerciser has not fully caught their breath from the previous station by the time they are starting the next station.
Circuit training is particularly good for those exercisers who have tight schedules. This is why many new gyms such as “Curves” have been very successful in helping people lose weight without a serious time commitment.
Check out my next blog to see what a typical circuit should entail and how to execute it safely and efficiently.
If any community members currently circuit train, I encourage you to comment below with your wisdoms!
Ps. Remember to contact the Physical Activity Line at 8-1-1 if you have any questions or can't wait till next week to learn more about circuit training.
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