Circuit Training: Health and Physical Benefits

Circuit training is a series or circuit of mainly aerobic exercises, resistance-based exercises, and endurance training. The main objective of circuit training is to build strength, enhance muscle endurance and lose weight. To complete a circuit, you have to finish a set of exercises and then repeat them again with little to no rest in between. It depends on the set of exercises but circuit training normally involves the completion of the set exercises three times.

Circuit training is also very effective for people who do not want or cannot spend too much time working out. The whole workout should take about 30 to 35 minutes and the time you take to warm up and cool down. It is very important to warm up before starting and cooling down after in order to prevent injuries from occurring. You can warm up by simply running in place or even by doing a few push-ups.

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The biggest advantage of circuit training is that it combines both strength training and cardio. This helps in building muscle strength and losing weight at the same time. Many people go to gyms and workout with weights and other equipment without knowing that circuit training has so many benefits.

Let’s have a look at some of the benefits of circuit training:

Cost free

While most people buy equipment or spend money on gym memberships, circuit training is a workout that can be done just as well at home as at the gym. This saves a lot of money that you can use for something else. The best way to do circuit training at home is by incorporating a diverse range of bodyweight exercises that target different areas of the body along with cardio. Doing a circuit may be a great way to work out during the pandemic without having to risk going to a gym or a training facility.

Adjustable

Circuit training is a very adjustable type of workout and can be adjusted to your capability and preference. If you are just starting out, then you can plan a workout that works for you or adjust the reps of a more advanced workout to your capacity. This versatility and adjustability helps if you are a beginner or even if you just get bored with your workout and want to spice it up.

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Efficient

Circuit training effectively works out the entirety of your body in a very short amount of time. If your workout has a variety of bodyweight training or exercises such as sit-ups, crunches, planks, jumping jacks, and push-ups, it helps in increasing muscle growth, strength, and builds endurance. A study conducted by Harvard Medical School also showed that over a period of 30 minutes, circuit training is more effective than weight lifting and aerobic workouts.

Good for beginners

A really important factor is that circuit training can be done by anybody regardless of how much they know about working out or the capacity of their body. When it comes to this type of workout, you can start out with really basic exercises and move on to something more complicated as you get the hang of it. You can add more challenging and complex exercises as your body gets stronger. This makes circuit workouts really good even for beginners.

Full body workout

Instead of going to the gym and doing a workout that focuses on one part of the body, circuit training effectively trains the whole body. It works on every muscle group and this leads to more calories being burnt and weight loss. In just 30 minutes, you can work out the whole body effectively.

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Pranay Mukherjee
Pranay Mukherjee is a Mass Communication student who has a keen interest in writing articles on a variety of unique topics.

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