It’s not always easy to get to the gym, so when you manage it, you want to make it pay, right? Well currently, one of the most popular ways of doing this is with circuit training – a combination of resistance training with muscular endurance and strength building.
How does it work? Well, it involves doing a series of exercises in a certain order called a circuit. Each activity takes place at a ‘station’, one after another without any rests between exercises. Why? Because you keep your heart rate up and so burn more calories, which means it’s an extremely effective way to lose weight. Circuits are flexible things, so if you change them every three to four weeks, it’ll keep your workouts fresh, continue to challenge your body and help you avoid training plateaus.
Circuits can be designed to improve speed, agility, coordination, balance and muscular endurance. A routine can target, core, arms, legs, glutes and back. The cardio elements will strengthen your heart and lungs, increase your energy levels and reduce stress, while the strength training stations will help you burn fat, shape up and make you stronger.
If you’re new to circuit training, joining a class is a great way to learn the moves. After all, you want to make sure you’re doing it right and are getting the maximum benefit for all your effort. Fitness First offers true hybrid circuit training classes where multiple circuit stations combine resistance training with muscular endurance and strength building. Attending one of our classes will make sure you form good habits - our trainers emphasise the importance of warming up and warming down. They are also on hand to make sure you get the most out of each station, so that as well as an efficient workout, you’ll have a whole pile of fun, too.