in the world is circuit training? Circuit, meaning, “The act of
following such a path or route", alone gives us a bigger hint to
what this type of exercise is all about. So does this mean that
circuit training is a routine type exercise?? No way! This isn’t
your ordinary exercise routine that you’ve been doing for the past 6
months. Circuit training involves multiple exercises, done one after
the other, with little or no breaks in between.
Perform each exercise with a target time (for example 1min.), rest
for no more than 30sec. before moving on to the next exercise. Once
you complete all exercises, that is considered to be one whole
circuit. The total number of circuits you finish is up to you. For
beginners, it is ideal to start with 30sec. exercises and increase
the time as you get stronger. One way to progress is to shorten your
rest in between each exercise and circuits.
To start circuit training, consider the following criteria:
?Pick exercises to work each muscle group.
?Include exercises for agility and endurance (like jumping side to
side over a phone book).
?Don’t forget to work on your speed too. Incorporate sprints (if
possible) or fast jogging in place.
with these criteria, pick 6 exercises, write them down and take a
moment to figure out how you will do your workouts. If you are
working out from home, there are lots of options to go with, such as
running up and down the stairs, sprinting around the block, and
chasing your two-year-old…etc.
Circuit training is great for beginners to get started because it
allows you to build total body strength. It is also great for
specific sports. For example a runner who wants to increase speed,
would work on sprinting and exercise to strengthen the quads,
hamstrings and calves.
Now no matter what your goal is, circuit training can be a great
workout simply because of the variety of workouts. Running on a
treadmill for 30 min or doing the same old machines can get boring
over time. If you find you’re losing interest in your routine or
that you’ve hit a plateau, think circuit training!
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