This is a guest post by Ethan S.
For those interested in improving their cardiovascular fitness, there is no rival to circuit training! Circuit training involves a fast paced fusion of both resistance (anaerobic) training, and conditioning (aerobics) that yields superior fitness results to what each of those types of exercise could offer individually. The basic idea is to take 30 minute to an hour and fill it with timed units of non-stop exercise. These units, or circuits, each contain a 2 to 4 exercise line-up that the participant runs through until the time is up. These circuits contain bodyweight exercises, such as push-ups, squats, and pull-ups, and they alternate them with explosive cardio or plyometric exercises. The result is a great strength routine that maintains a high heart rate and turns anaerobic exercise into a modified form of aerobics! Here are a few reasons why you should start a circuit routine today:
Complete Body Workout: One of the main reasons behind the popularity of circuit training is that it helps in working the entire body. During the workout, you will find yourself frequently shifting from one muscle group to another seamlessly as you rotate circuits and exercises. By the time you realize that you have worked the entire body, you’ll basically be done! Regardless of whether your goal is building muscle or weight loss (or both), circuit training is proven to deliver when coupled with an appropriate diet. For these reasons, circuit training is a perfect supplement to off-season training for athletes.
Cardiovascular Fitness: Continuously switching from one exercise to another without taking any rest in between helps in making the heart stronger as it keeps the heart rate elevated throughout the workout. In addition, the constant shifting from upper body to lower body exercises improves circulation and your body’s ability to act as a unit.
Minimal Time: Probably the most convenient benefit of circuit training lies in the fact that a single circuit only takes 5 to 10 minutes to complete. Thus, it is ideal for people who do not have much time to spend on hour-long fitness routines. By adding 3 to 6 circuits together you can modify and craft your exercise program for your needs.
No Equipment Required: Circuit training exercises do not require the use of any special equipments. Thus, it can easily be carried out at home as the only thing you need is few fat-burning exercises targeting different muscle groups of the body. Also, there is no need for you to go to a gym to perform these exercises; you can do it anywhere including garages, playgrounds, or at parks.
Flexibility: The final benefit of circuit training, is that the workout routine can be personalized easily, according to your individual fitness level, schedule, and budget!