Circuit training is a combination of different exercises that are performed one after the other. You won’t be bored when you do circuit training. This workout gets your heart rate up and strengthens your muscles at the same time.
You’ll move quickly through 8-10 exercise stations to work for different muscle groups with little to no rest between stations. Each station has a different exercise. You may do bicep curls or jump rope for 60 seconds.
Areas It Targets
Core: Any station that engages your core, whether it’s a machine like the standing low cable hip abduction or an exercise like a front plank, can help you strengthen your core.
Arms: Use dumbbells for bicep curls and triceps extensions, or use gym equipment like triceps pushdowns or preacher curls.
Legs: Your legs will get a workout from gym machines like the seated leg press. For an extra boost, include intervals of squats or lunges in your circuit.
Glutes: Slip in any exercise that fire your glutes. At home or on a fitness trail, a station of lunges will do the trick. If you’re at the gym, opt for a machine like the lying hamstring curl machine.
Back: Use gym equipment like the seated machine row. At-home or on-trail moves like the front plank or pull-ups also target your back.
What are the Benefits of Circuit Training?
Circuit training has a lot of benefits both practical and physical. From a practical standpoint these are the following benefits:
- Circuit training is easy to set up (some circuits require no equipment)
- It encourages camaraderie
- It takes out your competitive side
- It takes up little space
- It can be performed in a busy gym, and you can do it on your own, or with up to 10 people (actually, you could theoretically do it with hundreds provided you have space).
The physical benefits are dependent on the type of circuit you are performing.
If you are following a cardio-based circuit then you can expect to:
- Burn a lot of calories,
- Improve your aerobic fitness,
- Improve your muscular endurance.