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Circuit Training

I’ve never been one for group activities, preferring sports such as badminton (singles preferable) or rock climbing where although you generally climb with a partner you don’t actually spend much time with them.

That being the case it was with some surprise that I found myself signing up for the circuit training class at my gym and subsequently enjoying it immensely. Its always a highlight of my week.

For those that have never tried circuit training it generally works like this: a series of 8 to 12 exercises will be laid out which you progress through in a “circuit” spending a certain amount of time on each one with minimal rest in between exercises – just enough to get set for the next exercise. For example a circuit might consist of:

  • Push ups (one of the many variants)
  • Chair and bicep curl
  • Bunny hops
  • Shoulder press
  • Cycling at about 75% effort
  • Crunches (one of the many variants)
  • Bent over row
  • Walking lunges
  • Dips
  • Burpees

After you’ve done one “circuit” you’ll have a brief rest (30 seconds, perhaps a minute depending on the group and instructor) and then go round again. The number of circuits you’ll do will depend on the amount of time of course.

Every class can be different but you should get a nice mix of exercies to give you a full body workout and get your heart beating nicely for a good period of time.

The really great thing about it is that no matter how fit you are you can push yourself such that it you have to work hard and if you’ve got a good instructor they’ll be able to give alternatives if through injury or unfitness you can’t manage one or more of them. You’ll always finish the class a sweaty mess – mission accomplished.

I have found it helps with the flow to be familiar with a wide variety of exercises but its by no means required.

If your gym runs a circuits class and you’ve not tried it I’d really recommend giving it a go.

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