By: Kyle Dale, Dayne Sommer, Breion Young, Melinda Murillo, Casey Wissinger
Keywords: Circuit, physical fitness, cardiorespiratory, training
What is Circuit Training?
Circuit training is a form of training that requires the body to engage in endurance and high intensity resistance training. It is performed by having a set of stations, made up of different exercises, which could be with weight or body weight. It is performed at each station with short intervals of performing the exercise (usually 30 seconds) and short rest periods in between as well.
Why Do Circuit Training?
Circuit training is a very popular and very successful form of exercise. It improves muscular endurance, strength, and cardiorespiratory fitness. It can improve someone’s overall health, help with weight loss, and increase mobility, and it does not take very long to do so! Don’t like to or have problem using weights? Not a problem because circuit training can be done with just your own body weight! With that being said, you can modify any exercise you are doing to make it more suitable. You can choose whatever part of the body you would like to focus on and incorporate a circuit workout to fit that focus! A circuit workout can last anywhere from 20 to 30 minutes or even less, so it is easy to sneak a circuit in during your lunch hour!
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