Why is Circuit Training so popular?
Circuit training is probably one of the most frequently used and recommended formats of physical training these days. It is becoming a popular choice in the current fast paced environment we live in. Circuit training is typically an intense workout, rotating through several exercises focused at different muscle groups with specified timings, reps, sets or rest periods. We all want to make the most out of our training sessions, and circuit training seems to have all the answers for a lot of people.
We are about to unravel all that you need to know about circuit training and why it has gained so much momentum in recent years:
Enhanced results from your workout:
Circuit training generally offers two variations, HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) and HIRT (High Intensity Resistance Training) and both are designed for intense workout sessions at various workout stations. It is all about targeting cardiovascular fitness, muscle strengthening, muscle endurance, and flexibility all in the same session, although HIRT generally works for heavier weights and more overall resistance. Circuit training boosts fat burning since your heart rate is elevated throughout the session further enhancing the effectiveness of your workout, leading to better results.
Optimal utilisation of your time:
While you are at the gym, you can rotate between different workout stations based on availability. You still get to do your reps for an effective workout without having to wait for other people to be done. Be rest assured that you won’t waste a single minute while you are at the session, making the most out of your time!
Combined benefits of strength and cardio training:
If you are looking for a holistic workout regimen which gives you more effective results, circuit training is it! Circuit trainings are designed to combine the best effects of high intensity cardio and heavy weight-lifting at intervals for a comprehensive and great work out.
Advantage of variations:
There are unlimited variations which you can experiment with when it comes to circuit trainings. You get the freedom of switching up your exercises and alternating the stations to keep things interesting. Circuits have a wide variety of variables such as completing a certain number of sets and reps for each exercise, reps that need to be performed every minute on the minute (EMOM), or exercise stations can be timed as well. In addition, circuit training is not constrained to the gym alone. You can train at the beach, park or even in the comfort of your own home.
Opportunity for working out in groups:
The practice of exercising solo is becoming a thing of the past with all the group fitness studios popping up everywhere. The format of circuit training helps you strengthen your body and at the same time makes working out fun when others are sharing your pain. Getting to know other people while exercising also helps reduce boredom and increases healthy competition. As a result, people become more inspired to make time for their health and wellbeing.
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