The Basics Of Circuit Training

Knowing the basics of circuit training is important these days if you're serious about fitness. Circuit training routines are quickly becoming one of the most popular forms of working out because they're fun, effective, and quick. They can also be done anywhere.

What Circuit Training Is

Interval training is basically taking a few exercises and doing them in succession with no rest in between. This would be one set, and then you would usually do 3 or 4 sets to complete your workout.

A basic circuit would be to do 20 pushups, then as soon as you're done you roll over and do 20 crunches, and then jump up and do 30 jumping jacks. This would be one set, or one circuit. You would rest for a minute, and then perform the circuit again.

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Circuit Exercises

Part of knowing the basics of circuit training is knowing which exercises to use. Most exercises can be implemented into a circuit, but some are more effective than others. A simple yet brutal circuit that can be done in your own home is:

  • Get down and do pushups until you've done 30...

  • Then, flip on your back and do 30 crunches...

  • Then, jump up and do 30 body weight squats....

  • Then, do 15 standing-in-place jumps as high as you can...

  • Now, rest for 1 minute, and do the circuit again two more times, for a total of 3 times.

You can tailor this to your fitness level, of course. If you're coughing up blood after 10 pushups then don't kill yourself doing 30.

How To Make Your Workouts Even More Effective

There are a few tricks to making your circuit workouts super effective.

The main one is time your intervals instead of doing an interval for a certain amount of time.

For example... instead of doing pushups for 1 minute, go until you get 50 and see how long it takes you. Then try to beat that time in your next workout.

You can apply that to each circuit. Time each set of circuits and then you have something to test yourself against the next time you workout.

The other thing you need to be doing is writing everything down. When you're lifting weights, write down everything that you do and how much you lift and for how many reps, etc.

Doing these things will help you build muscle mass and melt belly fat quick.

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