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Gym Circuit Training

Gym Circuit Training

Circuit training is the quickest and most efficient way to gain cardiovascular endurance and muscular strength. Gym circuit training utilizes multiple stations to enhance one’s workout. Each station targets a different muscle group. This workout is perfect for busy people. Depending upon how many stations are used, circuits can be finished in as little as 15 minutes. Keeping a quick pace will also help with cardiovascular conditioning. Circuit training is the most efficient way to spend 15 or 20 minutes in the gym. Circuit training isn’t just limited to the gym either. It’s quite possible to set up various stations in one’s home too.

The Benefits of Circuit Training

Circuit training is a great way to combine strength training with cardiovascular fitness. Each station typically has some type of resistance activity. The activities are performed rapidly to keep one’s heart rate up. In addition, participants are encouraged to get from station to station swiftly.

Upper-Body Exercises

Depending upon what type machines are available upper-body stations may include bench dips, bench lifts, pull ups or squat ups. Creative personal trainers can think of some really interesting exercises to target arms, shoulders and chests.

Core Exercises

A core-exercise station may require participants to do sit ups, crunches and back extensions. Doing the plank is a great way to recover from an intense cardiovascular station. Each time a station is completed the body is challenged in a new way. Different muscle groups are worked and then rested. Participants may be required to run between stations to keep their heart rates up.

Legs

The leg station is a great place to work without machines. Squat jumps and shuttle runs are a fantastic way to work legs. Shuttle runs are awesome for getting the heart rate up again after a two or three minute plank exercise.

Total Body

Total-body exercises include burpees, skipping and squat thrusts. If elliptical machines or treadmills are available, they are a great choice for the total-body station. The total body station should engage the core, arms and legs. In addition, it should also be an intense cardiovascular exercise.

Gym circuit training is a great choice for anybody who is looking for a quick and efficient way to workout. Stations can be customized for different athletes. Some people may want to focus on a variety of different muscle groups. These workouts are incredibly intense, but they are well worth the effort. 


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