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Circuit training is a great way to get a complete workout if your time is limited. And because of how easy it is to modify workouts, there’s something in it for everyone. If you’re looking for a flexible, full-body workout, keep reading.
What is circuit training?
Circuit training consists of completing a few different pre-determined workouts for a set period of time with the goal of moving through each activity quickly with limited breaks.
Circuit training can look very different for different people, since there’s a lot of room to modify the workout to your own preferences. Typically you’ll choose different exercises that work out different parts of your body– such as an upper-body exercise, a lower-body exercise, a full-body exercise (like jumping jacks), and a cardio exercise, with a specified number of reps or period of time dedicated to each one. You’ll then power through this set you created as many times as you can. Since circuit training is so versatile, you can choose exercises that you enjoy doing, or alternate between numerous exercises for different workouts.
How do I get started with circuit training?
This is an easy workout to start incorporating into your routine. What you’ll need will depend on the exercises you’re completing during each workout. So if you’re doing deadlifts you’ll need weights, but if you’re doing exercises that use your body weight you can easily work out at home.
Some gyms also offer classes that include circuit training, although they may brand them with their own names. If you’re a member of a gym or are interested in joining one, you can ask your gym if they offer circuit training classes.
Otherwise, circuit training is a lot like any other workout. Wear comfortable workout clothes and athletic shoes, and have fun!
What are the health benefits of circuit training?
Since circuit training involves so many different types of exercise, there are a lot of benefits, and you can customize your workout to focus on the ones that are important to you.
- Boost your metabolism: Since circuit training usually involves high-intensity interval training (HIIT), it’s a great workout for your metabolism too. You can burn a lot of calories in a limited amount of time by running through a good circuit.
- Work out your whole body: Since you’ll be working out many different muscle groups and combining strength training with cardio, circuit training is a great way to both tone your muscles and work out your heart.
- Work on your endurance: By doing a fast-paced workout with limited breaks, you’ll be pushing through your fatigue and building better endurance.
What else do I need to know about circuit training?
Since circuit training is usually a high-intensity workout, you’ll want to be in good health before you get started. But even if you’re new to working out, circuit training can be adjusted for varying fitness levels, so you can start with less time or lighter weights and work your way up over time.
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.