What is Circuit Training and why you should work it into your workout routine
What is circuit training?
Circuit training is a form of interval training, working on a timed basis. The essential framework of high-intensity interval training is always the same brief, all-out work periods, separated by short rest periods. We typically work on a 40 sec work : 15 sec rest interval setting. The key is that you bring everything you’ve got to your intervals.
A typical circuit will have 8-10 exercise stations. After completing one exercise, you move quickly to the next within the minimum rest period. After completing all the exercises, there is a longer rest period / water break, before we kick off round two. The circuit is typically repeated three times through.
Exercises focus on muscle endurance, strength and cardio. Alternating muscle groups and exercises make it possible to move through the exercises with minimum rest, while keeping a high intensity.
Circuit training is flexible and creative, making it interesting, while increasing cardiovascular and muscular fitness.
The added bonus – it will help you burn a decent amount of calories, while discovering new exercises each week.
The group setting also brings a fun factor to the sessions, keeping motivation at a high during training. It’s an amazing group of people, on different fitness levels, cheering each other on. Our own little fitness community!