With today’s hectic schedules, it is not uncommon for people to find it difficult fitting gym time into their busy days. Others might find that they have simply become bored with their workouts. Circuit training could be the answer for those who are short on time or need something new in their workouts.
Circuit training is a form of conditioning that combines resistance training and high-intensity aerobics. This form of conditioning is very simple and designed to target both strength training and muscular endurance. To make the workout more challenging, the intensity level can be increased. This can be done by simply shortening rest times, adding repetitions to exercises or adding exercises to each station. Usually a few exercises are assigned to a specific circuit or station. Once a circuit or station is completed, you move on to the next station. You can have as many or as few stations as you like. However, the goal should be to fit in an effective total body workout whether you have 20 minutes or an hour.
Advantages of circuit training include:
- Defeating gym boredom
- Maximizing results in minimum time
- Changing ones metabolism
- Aiding in appetite reduction
- Getting benefits of both cardio and strength training
Defeating gym boredom is always possible with circuit training because it is designed to be very flexible. There are limitless options for setting up the workout. Circuit training is also ideal for even the busiest of people. Due to the high-intensity interval training (HIIT) in this style of workout, more calories can be burned in a shorter amount of time than with some other workouts. This combination of cardio and strength training has been found to have the same impact on appetite reduction as running does while providing both cardiovascular strength-training benefits.