The Benefits of Circuit Training

29 11 2010

Hello everybody.  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  Perhaps some of you are still staggering through the days in tryptophan-induced semi-comas from eating left over Turkey!  Well for those of you who were serious about making some healthy changes for yourself, and using our 25 year class reunion as motivation, here are some tips on using a form of training called circuit training.  Circuit training uses both aerobic conditioning and strength or resistance training combined to maximize your results in a shorter period of time.  Because of the essentially limitless possibilities of how a routine can be designed, almost anyone can do this.   For instance, if you are a jogger and really don’t like lifting weights or don’t want to go to the gym, you can pause your jogging at regular intervals and incorporate exercises like push-ups, crunches, lunges, etc over several cycles to get a more complete workout.  Conversely, if you love lifting and spend lots of time tossing iron around at the gym, try jumping rope, step-ups or jumping jacks in between sets (instead of going all Arnold Schwarzenegger in front of the mirror).  Briefly, here are the Bene’s of Circuit Training:

  1. You get both aerobic exercise and strength/resistance training in a single work out.
  2. Beginners avoid the monotony that may contribute to discontinuing a new exercise program.
  3. Regular exercisers add variety which will stave off boredom, lack of focus, and possibly injury.
  4. Is one of the best ways to alter body composition quickly, i.e. decrease body fat and increase lean muscle mass!
  5. You don’t need a gym.  In fact you don’t even have to use any equipment.  Body weight will suffice.
  6. Because movement is constant, and you can exercise your entire body, it is one of the most efficient ways of exercising out there.  Great workouts in as little as 15-20 minutes.  More bang for the buck, or a higher Return on Investment, for the bargain conscious!
  7. It is completely customizable.  You can adapt your current workouts to a circuit format.  Experiment and adopt your favorite routines.
  8. Even within the concept of circuit training you can have variety, doing several different “circuits” over time.  Use a few different ones in the gym, another couple tailored to jogging, some to do at home in front of the TV or in the backyard, and maybe even one to use when you are on the road, in a hotel room.  Endless possibilities!

So give it a try, Google or Bing things like “equipment free circuit training, circuit training while traveling,” etc.   Hope this helps.  Please don’t hesitate to comment.  Happy Holidays!

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13 12 2010
Lisa Collins Clements

Dane thanks for writing this blog. It’s making me want to get started. I am working with a physical therapist right now, but need to get more serious about getting in overall shape. The PT is for my knee…ACL graft failed. I find I am fearful to start anything. I have a great fear of getting hurt again. I will google circuit training and check with a trainer at my gym. It’s great to reconnect.

14 12 2010
Dane Treat

Lisa please let me know if I can help in any way. Did a sports med fellowship after my family practice residency, so know a lot about what you are going through. Good luck!

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