It’s no surprise to frequently find ourselves short in time whenever we plan on going for a run or heading to the gym. With your hectic work week and little to no time left to break a sweat, it’s only fair to tell you’ve packed an amount of fat under your skin.
What is circuit training?
Circuit training is more of a weight training and resistance training that optimizes the routines done in a short period of time with minimal to no breaks in between stations. This method of training is great for those building and improving muscles, weight loss, mobility and endurance.
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How it works
Circuit training involves 4 up to 10 exercise stations per one full circuit out of a number of rounds to tackle various muscle groups for each. For instance, the first station should be split squats then you move over to the next station which kettlebell swing. Each exercise requires a number of repetitions (or should be done under a specified amount of time) over a number of circuit (E.g. 7 rounds, 7 repetitions of 7 exercises).
Sounds pretty exhausting yet all the more exciting, doesn’t it? There are a lot of upsides circuit training has to offer. Here are a few of them that will definitely make you consider trying out the exhausting yet fun nonetheless training.
Fits your busy schedule: One exceptional thing about this training that will leave you trying it out right after work is how time constricted it is.
You only have 30 minutes to an hour at most dedicated for fitness and often times, you still find yourself running short. Circuit training can be done within or under 20 minutes. The high intensity workout is as effective as your usual hour long exercise in terms of fat burning. Of course, you can opt to level up your fitness routine up to an hour or more, it’s all up to you.
Spices up your routine: The thing about circuit training is, no matter how exhausting the circuit is and how much it makes you want to quit, it’s never boring and it gets your heart rate up.
Circuit training is never boring: It is extremely tiring, yes, but you’ll never see yourself skipping your workout streak because of boredom. If you always find yourself quitting the gym because you only use treadmills and other equipments you’re familiar with, you won’t feel the urge to quit with this different training. Circuit training can be done with and without equipment and it has a flexible routine set up you can perform every session.
Counts as cardio and strength training: More often than not, you skip lifting weights and opt for a run instead. You do know you also need to build up your stamina, don’t you?
The beauty of circuit training is it mixes different developments to your body. In one circuit, you’ll have stations dedicated for cardio and another for muscle building. So really, you’re already hitting two birds in one stone in circuit training.
Burns more fat: Since circuit training is a high intensity training and a kick-ass strength training, it stimulates your fat loss hormones which will then release and convert fat to your needed muscles. Plus, it raises your metabolism up the furnace; primarily the reason why your 20-minute workout is just as effective and efficient as your 45 to 60-minute workout.
Can be done without equipment: Not everyone can afford gym memberships. With thousands of fitness videos up in the internet you can do at home, there’s no excuse to not break a sweat every now and then.
The best part about circuit training is that it requires you little to no equipment at all but your body weight. You can look for alternatives available at home such as canned goods as opposed to dumbbells. If you don’t have time to run to the gym, don’t fret for you can still burn a good amount of fats by performing circuit workouts.
Do you have anything else to add or a circuit workout format you can share perhaps? Leave a comment below!
About Chie Suarez
Chie is a writing junkie from the PH. She writes for FitBiz, a company that specializes in the retail of brand name fitness equipment. Chie likes to jog, walk and rest in between.