What is Circuit Training?

What is Circuit Training?

Circuit Training is a variation of Interval Training. It is a very old tactic, some might say it’s out-dated, but people still practice it and get fantastic results. It is ideal for when you are trying to cut fat while continuing to build muscle. Circuit training is where you do a cardio activity, then periodically, you do a bodyweight activity. A example would be, jog for 1 minute, do 10 push-ups, then jog for again repeating the cycle for 20-40 minutes. In circuit training, there aren’t really suggested times or reps you should do, that is really up to what you are able to endure.

Circuit Training

Circuit training could also be a number of exercises, separated by a jog or a stationary bike or anything. Here is a example to give you some ideas.

  • Stationary bike at 60% effort for 1 minute
  • 15 push-ups
  • Stationary bike at 60% effort for 1 minute
  • 5 pull-ups
  • Stationary bike at 60% effort for 1 minute
  • 25 sit-ups
  • Stationary bike at 60% effort for 1 minute
  • 30 squats
  • Stationary bike at 80% effort for 1 minute

(continue repeat cycle with push-ups as next step three times)

When transitioning from the bike to the strength activity, it’s critical to move quickly. Get off the bike, do the exercise, then get right back on the bike. There aren’t any breaks in circuit training, the “break” is a change in the focused activity.

In the beginning I had said that some people consider it out-dated. It should be noted that circuit training is still wildly alive and is another activity actively practiced by the United States Army, and many other military forces. Many personal trainers still use the strategy, as do many athletic coaches. It is still a highly effective strategy. If it sounds like it’s something that you would be interested in, do it! It’s a great way to work up to the tabata method.

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