Circuit training is a special type of workout. It is a group of several exercises that are set up to be done in a series. The number of stations in the circuit varies; there could be 6 different exercises or 15. The idea is to move quickly from one exercise to the next with very little break in between. Circuit training has many benefits.
• Aerobic Training: The movement from one station to the next without break raises the heart rate and taxes the lungs. Even if you are not able to move directly into the next exercise, you need to keep walking or jogging around the area to keep your heart rate up. This constant movement provides an aerobic impact that improves the cardiovascular system tremendously.
• Strength Training: Most, if not all, of the exercises used in circuit training are designed to improve strength. The main focus is on resistance training. Bodyweight, free weights, weight machines, resistance bands, and other equipment are used to build strength and other muscle qualities.
• Time Factor: Circuit training is a fairly quick of workout. You can accomplish a great deal in a very short period of time. Rather than have two totally separate workouts – one for cardio and one for strength – you can combine them in one circuit training routine. Because you are constantly moving, you do not waste any time between sets.
• Variety: A circuit training offers a variety of exercise in one workout. It is difficult to become bored when you are moving through several completely different exercises in succession. Even better, it is a very simple task to rearrange the stations or to add or subtract stations to make a totally different workout whenever the current circuit begins to get stale. There is never a need to get stuck in a rut.
• Adjustable Level: Circuit training workouts can be adjusted to any level of fitness. Beginners who have never worked out before can start with a routine involving only a few stations. They can do fewer reps at each station, easier exercises can be included, and they can lift lighter weights. Someone who is at a higher level of fitness can have a more difficult routine, and they can also work through it faster.
• Many Equipment Choices: People working in a gym will probably have an almost unlimited array of equipment choices for constructing a circuit training workout. People who work at home often are limited in the types of workouts they can do. However, circuit training is possible with any kind of equipment. A creative personal trainer can make a beneficial circuit training workout with little equipment or with no equipment at all.
Circuit training is one of the healthiest, easiest and fastest ways to get fit. Working with a personal trainer or a group leader makes the job even easier and more effective.
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