What is it:
Circuit training is a form of body conditioning or resistance training usually using high intensity aerobics, however it can be moulded to suit any style of training. It targets strength building or muscular endurance and normally consists of high volume (repetitions) with short rest intervals between exercises & sets.
Why circuit training?
Circuit training is a great way to squeeze an explosive workout in a short period of time. Generally these type of workouts last between 15-30 minutes due to the high output required to complete the circuit, so if you’re pressed for time or just want to push yourself, circuit training is the way to go.
Circuit training is also an excellent way to improve mobility, strength & stamina. It is appropriate form of training for most sports and can be adjusted to suit age, fitness level and health of the athlete. The wide range of exercises in a circuit will also maintain enthusiasm & interest during the workout. Circuit training is a great tool to achieve a whole body workout.
How to do circuit training
Plan your session on paper – choose 6-10 exercises that can be performed, whilst avoiding exercises that work the same muscle group consecutively. A good plan would be total body, upper body, lower body, core, total body, upper body etc. Make sure you always warm up & cool down with your sessions. The duration of each exercise will be dependant on your goals, but a simple plan to stick by is 30 seconds work, 30 seconds rest.
A great example of circuit training is as follows:
Generally this style of training can be 2-3 times a week with 48 hours rest between sessions. We have a wide range of equipment to cater for this type of training. Circuits are a great way to achieve total body training, burn calories & improve aerobic performance. Anyone can benefit from this style of training, you’re only limitations are your own creativity. Now that you’ve got this new information, get programming & circuit train next time you’re in Bailey Fitness!
If you want to build your confidence in circuit training, speak to one of our friendly personal trainers to get you on the right path.