Circuit training is a fitness program that combines resistance training and high-intensity aerobics. The benefits of circuit training include weight loss, increased muscular endurance and strength, improved cardiovascular health and burning calories.
Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or resistance training using high-intensity aerobics. It targets strength building and muscular endurance. An exercise “circuit” is one completion of all prescribed exercises in the program. When one circuit is complete, one begins the first exercise again for the next circuit. Traditionally, the time between exercises in circuit training is short, often with rapid movement to the next exercise.
Circuit training requires more equipment than calisthenics, so it’s generally performed in a gym or other dedicated workout area. For this reason, it’s also called weight training or resistance training by some.
The benefits of circuit training include increased strength, aerobic fitness and fat loss as well as improved agility and balance. If you’re looking for a new way to get fit or mix up your current routine, consider adding circuit training to your weekly workouts.
One of the biggest benefits of circuit training is its versatility. You can make up many different types of circuits by altering how many stations you use, how long you work at each station, how many times you repeat the entire circuit and how much rest you take between rounds.
Benefits of circuit training include:
- Helps increase endurance, strength and aerobic fitness
- Good for burning fat
- Combines strength and cardio in same workout
- Can involve whole-body moves to target multiple muscle groups or isolate muscle groups like arms, abs or legs
- Can be done at home or in the gym
The following are five basic rules of circuit training:
Number of repetitions: Do as many reps as you can with good form.
Speed: Move from one exercise to another as quickly as you can, but do each one with proper form.
Weight: Choose a weight that gives you about 8 to 10 repetitions before you tire on each exercise, but try to keep your heart rate up by not resting for long between exercises.
Exercises: Pick about 5 to 8 exercises that target different areas of the body (i.e., legs, back, arms, etc.).
Time: Perform each exercise for 30 seconds or around 15 repetitions and then move on to the next one.