6 Benefits of Circuit Training
Whether you are brand new to the gym or have been working out for as long as you remember, circuit training can be the perfect way to blast through a workout while getting a good burn in all of your muscles. We could go on and on about the benefits of circuit training, but we’ve highlighted our 6 favorite benefits below!
Let’s dive in.
1 | Circuit Training Is Efficient
You may have heard about leg day, back and bicep day, cardio day, and the like when researching workout schedules. This traditional method of exercise focuses on a specific muscle group for an entire workout, and then essentially allows you to rest that muscle group for days in between.
While this is effective and fun for some, if you want to work on your entire body while still giving the different areas of your body rest, you should look into circuit training workouts. By focusing on one part of the body while resting the remainder, you can work every muscle group in one day. For best results, we recommend doing the circuit about two to three times per week, unlike the traditional method which would focus on each area of your body one to two times per week.
2 | You Can Create A Circuit Virtually Everywhere You Go
For those of us who travel for work or who are just crunched for time, it can be highly beneficial to have a workout on hand that can be done any and everywhere. With circuit training, all you have to do is build a bodyweight circuit (think lunges and jumping jacks) and you’ll be able to workout anywhere!
This workout is a tough one, but you can feel free to change it to fit your exact fitness level needs. If you can’t quite complete 25 push-ups, start with 5 or 10 and move up from there. Everything is customizable to your fitness level, but don’t be afraid to push yourself a little. You’ll be amazed at what you can do!
3 | Some Gyms Have Impressive Circuit Areas
Not to toot our own horn here (Toot! Toot!) but several gyms, including every single Chuze Fitness location, have circuit areas that can guide you through a workout. This helps to make your workout a no-brainer. Come on into any of our locations and try out the Express Circuit. In the Express Circuit, you will see a timer and several exercise stations with machines. Start at the first machine, complete that workout until the timer is up, and then move to the next station. In the end, you will have completed a full-body workout in just 30 minutes.
4 | You Can Use Any Equipment
Not only can you do a circuit training routine everywhere you go by utilizing your bodyweight and the things around you, but you can also build them with any gym equipment, like dumbbells, resistance bands, or even a medicine ball. If you have been wanting to try a kettlebell workout, for instance, you might want to build an entire circuit with that piece of equipment. Kettlebells not your thing? Grab the TRX straps! The opportunities are only limited to your imagination. And when that stops working, we love to go to YouTube for inspo!
5 | It’s Fun
In general, one of the main complaints about working out is that it gets boring. We say phooey on that one! Mix things up by trying one of our group exercise classes, Team Training sessions, or even a new weight machine! Want to push yourself even further? Try combining any of these options to create a custom circuit workout so that you won’t get bored with the workout. The workout itself will only take you 30 minutes and you only stay in each section for 30 to 60 seconds, which hardly gives you time to even think about boredom. This is why we can’t stop gushing over the Express Circuit area and circuit workouts in general!
6 | Circuits Can Help You Learn New Machines
Sometimes the daunting task of entering the gym and figuring out what the heck to do can be enough to keep people away. The circuit area basically maps out a workout for you that will leave you sweating, seeing results, and wanting to push yourself further every day. It is also a great way to get comfortable with using machines and is a good stepping stone for those who don’t know quite how to create a workout yet. You might just find yourself figuring out how to do it on your own and venturing to new machines on the gym floor in the future. Just like this member:
7 | How to Create The Perfect Circuit Training Routine
When it comes to creating the perfect circuit, there are many variations and adaptations to keep in mind. With that being said, the following circuit workout is a good starting point:
- Cardio: jump rope, shuttle sprints, mountain climbers
- Upper body: push-ups, pull-ups, bicep curls
- Lower body: lunges, squats
- Core: plank, crunches
- Full body: burpee, bear crawl
Everyone’s health journey is different. Find the thing that you love to do at the gym and keep it up! It takes about 21 days to create a habit, and about 90 for a lifestyle change. So, don’t give up. You’ve got this, and the circuit workout area is there to help on days that you just don’t feel like coming up with your own workout.