Boost Your Workout with Circuit Training

Circuit training

The high-intensity interval training (HIIT) I committed to awhile back was great. It offered up some variety to the workout routine I’d been using, and I didn’t need to carve out another big chunk of time in my day to make it happen. I also noticed a change in my physique—enough changes to keep me motivated, for sure.

So what could I try next that would give my workout a boost?

Circuit training is a workout technique that’s been around for years. It involves completing a group of 6 to 10 exercises one after another in a predetermined sequence. Typically, you run through the circuit up to 3 times per workout. The exercises can include both strength and cardio or just one or the other. You can work your whole body or target a specific area. The options are endless.

Kettleball workoutWhy circuit training? Well, for starters it’s not  all that different from a HIIT workout. Since I enjoy HIIT, it stands to reason that circuit training would hold my interest as well. The variety is definitely another selling point, but there are other benefits that make circuit training attractive:

  • It’s a time-saver: Since this workout can include both strength and cardio, you can take care of both in one shot. We’re still at a busy stage in life with our boys, so anything that helps me get more done without added stress is desirable.
  • There’s no fuss: If you belong to a gym that offers circuit training, you’re all set. If not, you can still incorporate it into your routine, and it can be whatever you want. Search online for circuit training ideas or come up with your own. Don’t care for one of the exercises once you get started? Switch it out for a different one. No fuss!
  • You can go at your own pace: Depending where you are when you start, you can complete just one circuit of the exercises. As you get stronger, you can build up to three circuits. You can also increase the number of reps of each exercise.

I recently splurged and bought myself a kettlebell. When I was deciding what circuit training routine I wanted to follow, I searched for ones that would allow me to “become one” with my new toy. I decided to go with this 20-minute kettlebell workout from Experience L!fe.

I’m so excited about the boost that circuit training is bringing to my exercise regime. What about you? Have you ever used circuit training to amp up your workout?

Inset photo from iStock/Bojan656

Paula Widish

Paula Widish, author of “Trophia: Simple Steps to Everyday Self-Health”, is a freelance writer and self-healther. She loves nothing more than sharing tidbits of information she has discovered with those who are interested. (Actually, she loves her family more than that—and probably bacon too.) Paula has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Public Relations and is a Certified Professional Life Coach through International Coach Academy. To get in touch with her, leave a message here or check out her website at PaulaWidish.com

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