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While we know that workouts improve our health, many of us are looking for techniques that will optimize our workout sessions. One of the most effective techniques is called circuit training. Here are some FAQs about this effective approach to workouts:

1. What is Circuit Training?

This type of exercising blends cardiovascular training, with weight training. Both types of exercises are crucial to maximize the benefits of your health. Cardiovascular training will provide benefits such as boosting your metabolism, improving your heart’s health, and increasing your blood circulation. Meanwhile, weight training will help to tone and sculpt your muscles. Using this type of training basically combines the best of both worlds and gives you a full-body workout.

2. How does it work?

Both individuals and groups can use this training method. The exerciser rotates from one training station to another, methodically completing a certain exercise at each station.

3. What equipment is needed for this type of training?

One of the biggest benefits of Circuit Training is that you technically don’t need any equipment! You can use the stations for a variety of basic exercises, including push-ups, crunches, jumping jacks, and so on. If you’re not using weights, then simply do as many repetitions as you can within a set amount of time. When you need to rest before proceeding to the next station, make sure that the recovery time is 30 seconds or less. That will help to keep your heart rate up, your metabolism high, and so on. Longer rest periods will virtually require your body to restart at each training station. You can also perform Circuit Training by using dumbbells, resistance bands, or weight machines. Regardless of whether or not you use weight, it’s crucial that you do each exercise at a high intensity.

4. Where can I do it?

You can do it both indoors and outdoors. Typically, when indoors you should alternate cardio exercises such as a treadmill, bicycle, or stepper, with a weight training exercise. Many exercises also choose outdoor Circuit Training if they find gyms to be too stuffy or mechanical. While you obviously can’t haul huge exercise equipment outdoors, you can still use basic equipment such as a jump rope, medicine ball, and so on. The focus of this exercise should be on the training stations themselves, rather than whether the exercises are indoors or outdoors.

5. Are the Circuit Training exercises required to have the same “theme”?

In short, the answer is: no. This is what adds to the flexibility of this exercise. For example, you could create individual training stations to focus on a boxing exercise, calisthenics exercise, Pilates exercise, and martial arts exercise.

6. How long should the training session take?

Typically, about half an hour, though it’s twice as effective as a “standard” workout.

If you want to get more out of your workout in less time, then you should definitely try Circuit Training. The high intensity and shorter rest periods will get you into shape one training station at a time!

As with all physical exercise, start at a slow level to begin with and increase when feeling confident. If unsure you should always seek medical advice first or talk to a personal trainer.

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