Circuit training is a very beneficial way to incorporate a high-energy, endurance workout specialized and tailored just for burning calories at a higher rate than your normal workouts, and can strengthen your endurance and also relieve some boredom from your general type of workouts.
Today we are going to be looking at circuit training routines, high-energy workouts to improve your fat loss, endurance, muscle development and your cardiorespritory system. We will also look at some differences between circuit training and HIIT training and how circuit training can greatly benefit you and your health.
There are different systems of training and this article will help you decide which system will work best for you and your health related goals. Whether you are interested in losing weight and improving your cardiorespiratory system, or just want to develop stronger toned muscles, this article will help you in deciding which program works best for you.
What is circuit training?
Circuit training is when you combine between 5 to 10 exercises together in one circuit, performing each exercise end to end with minimal rest in between. The advantage with circuit training is you can burn up to 10 calories per minute and you work the entire cardiovascular system as well as muscular strength and endurance.
Circuit training is a good choice of exercise if you are looking to burn some excess calories and want to increase your endurance training and strength training, but circuit training isn’t geared toward your higher intensity training, “if you are strictly serious about burning calories.”
Circuit training can be performed with a combination of free weights, body weight exercises and weight machines, you can perform all these types of training into a circuit or you can recruit just one form, it’s a matter of preference or what you have available.
For example if you have access to a gym, you have the versatility of using all the above, if you can’t make it to a gym you can perform a circuit with exercises like push ups, crunches, leg raises, lunges, deep knee bends, bench dips using a chair and chins if you have access to a chinning bar.
There are other exercises that you can incorporate for in home circuit training such as an exercise ball or any other personal favorites of yours that I haven’t mentioned. The best exercises to use for your circuit training are exercises that engage your whole body, this way you are making the most of your time when burning calories.
For people that have access to a gym, many trainers like to incorporate weight machines for the most part because you don’t have to spend time changing weights like you do with free weights. Weight machines you can quickly change the weight by adjusting the pin, pump out 15-20 reps and move on to the next weight machine.
Next we will look at some differences between circuit training and HIIT training clearing up any gray areas as to which one works best for you and your goals.
Compared to HIIT training
Circuit training is a form of endurance training but is not considered your typical cardiovascular exercise. Circuit training will work multiple muscle groups at a time which is good for burning calories, but if you want to target a higher calorie reduction while training, the better choice would be HIIT training.
HIIT training is more of a cardiovascular workout because you are targeting your cardiovascular system with a very high intensity workout for a shorter period but then is followed up by less intense training.
Circuit training isn’t as highly intensive as HIIT training, but circuit training is still a good form of exercises for burning calories because you continue to move from one exercise to the next with very minimal rest in between sets and you are working multiple muscle groups at a time, but it isn’t considered as high intensity training as HIIT is considered.
How circuit training improves weight loss
Circuit training is not one of your better choices for burning calories, because it isn’t exactly your cardiovascular type of workout but is more of a strength and endurance training, although it does help to burn calories, just not at as fast of a rate as HIIT training.
Circuit training will increase your fat loss because you are moving from one exercise to the next with minimal rest in between sets and you are working multiple muscle groups at a time, so this form of training does do a good job at burning calories.
Reliant on what you are looking to achieve with your workout goals, both training styles are excellent ones to follow, you can make the decision which program you want to follow, or you can work at the circuit training program for a month or two and switch to the HIIT training program for a month or more.
The best way to go is work at one program for a while and then switch to a different program for a while. Our bodies and brains grow accustomed to doing the same repetitive thing day in and day out, so to keep from finding ourselves bored from doing the same thing, it is good practice to keep your workouts fresh and exciting.
Circuit training can improve your cardiovascular system by performing a steady sweep of exercises that are training all facets of your body thus keeping your heart pumping blood throughout your body at a faster pace and improving circulation as well as spreading more oxygen to the brain improving your health and your mental faculties.
With today’s day and age, more and more people are living sedentary lives due to health issues and that’s causing health insurance rates to rise making it more difficult to get the help that people need.
If people could have a better supply of food at their disposal instead of the overly processed high fat diets that are keeping people fed, I think that would greatly improve people’s health and decrease the sedentariness of today’s society and improve the overall productiveness as a whole.
But until then, the gyms will be populated by people looking for the best way to fight the battle of the bulge, and it isn’t the fault of consumers, it lies in how food is mass-produced to keep the ever growing population fed.
There are many forms of training and they all hold their own advantages, it is your mission to create your goals and follow them through with the specific style of training that will benefit your training goals the most.
Although your training doesn’t need to be limited to just one style, if the idea of your goal is to lose weight, it would more than likely be your best bet to use the HIIT training formula, the circuit training formula will promote weight loss also, it’s not as intense but it will do a good job as long as you stick with it.
Take advantage of both styles of training as mentioned previously and you will see great progress. Keep a healthy diet intact and that will give you the energy needed to power through your workouts as well as promoting weight loss.
Supplementation can be another great component to seeing beneficial results, with the proper supplementation you will supply your system with the recommended nutrition it needs to promote weight loss as well as energy for your workouts.
You can check out a review on supplementation here.