Circuit training is popularly seen as the average workout program combining fitness training with a cardiovascular workout. The circuit training utilizes a method involving weight or resistance training to effectively achieve the maximum workout within the shortest time possible.
Highly recommended for people who would like to be the beneficiaries of weight loss and muscle improvement to improve overall strength. Designed to eliminate the layman’s excuse for failing to perform their exercise routine circuit training requires a minimal amount of time and does not require the user to complete the activity on a daily basis.
Suggested in the 1950’s this method was slated as a fitness program specifically designed to promote general fitness development in the average user. The initiated routines were designed in a circular program aimed at targeting specific muscle groups alternatively. This particular program design led to it’s now name Circuit Training. The training program allows the user required rest periods between thirty to ninety seconds allowing the user to benefit from cardiovascular fitness along with resistance training.
The average fitness enthusiast will generally utilize a vast number of exercise equipment and routines when performing a circuit training routine. The required equipment however can be easily located at your average local sporting equipment store at an affordable price. Such equipment may include, your typical jump rope, surgical tubing, dumbbells, weight training machines, medicine balls, physiotherapy balls, and of course let’s not forget your very own body weight. The typical circuit can exist anywhere from between six to fifteen stations depending on the goals and pre requisites of the various participants.
Most circuit training stations are sequentially designed to alternatively target specific muscle groups to allow the user to achieve the maximum rehabilitation period for their specific muscles after each workout. Rest intervals between stations will consist of approximately thirty to ninety seconds with one to three minute intervals between each circuit. The average Gym will contain a variety of machines and stations designated to strength training allowing the user to successfully setup their own circuit training routine. With the wide variety of available workstations within the gym, the fitness enthusiast will be able to effectively design a workout specifically tailored to meet their requirements and spawn their interest.
Many successful athletes have attributed their fitness maintenance during the off season periods to circuit training as these programs have the ability to serve as a segue to strengthening programs of a much higher level for these athletes.
Circuit exercised designed to stress multitude development and core musculature have been seen as foundation examples of weight training.
The average circuit training routine does not provide the user with prolonged rest periods during the workout. As a result the exerciser will maintain an elevated heart rate for the duration of the exercise and with combining weight training within the routine allows the user to additionally benefit from a type of cross training routine increasing muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance effectively burning more calories resulting in weight loss.
As circuit training is a form of interval training, the routine allows the body to increase it’s ability to burn calories even when at rest. The training routine is so designed that the heart rate is never allowed to return to a state of rest which forces the body to increase it’s oxidizing rate which inadvertently increases the natural ability to burn fat.
As with any high endurance exercise routine exercisers should always consult their local physicians before starting such a fitness program.