We’ve all heard about it – a new funky fitness phrase that loves to be thrown around. But what is circuit training exactly?
Circuit training is a great way to develop strength and cardiovascular fitness at the same time. A typical circuit will consist of a number of exercises performed one after the other with minimal periods of rest in between.
This form of exercise is very popular these days. A lot of gyms are incorporating circuit classes because people are attracted to the concept of maximal effort in minimal time.
That’s really what circuit training is all about. You are increasing your intensity and decreasing your resting periods. It allows you to be efficient and effective at the same.
So what are some benefits of circuit training?
First, it’s a great way to improve your cardiovascular fitness. Even one circuit will boost your heart rate and have you huffing and puffing. As you continue to minimize your resting periods you will continue to increase your intensity. An elevated heart rate will result in an oxygen deficit – a rise in your epoc levels – which subsequently will cause you to burn more calories even after your workout.
Second, circuit training is a great way to build muscular endurance. You won’t be putting on size with this kind of workout, but you will get lean.
Third, circuit-based workouts can finally help you get rid of the “I have no time” excuse. This form of exercise is extremely efficient. You can complete an entire workout within 30 minutes and feel great afterward! The shorter you keep your resting periods, the shorter your workout will be.
Lastly, there is so much variety when it comes to circuit training that simply beats any form of cardiovascular training you’re doing today. You can do bodyweight circuits, dumbell circuits, plyometric circuits, barbell circuits – the list goes on and on.
I’ve put together a short video to give you an example of a circuit I do with a barbell in my basement. Hopefully, it will give you an idea of what circuit training is and how to go about putting together your own circuits!
Hopefully this gave you a better understanding of what circuit training is. Please share your own experiences with circuit training in the comments below!