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What are the benefits of circuit training?

Circuit Training Benefits

Circuit training is a well-established and popular exercise method used in many environments, including fitness centres, gyms, schools, sports clubs, and even the armed forces. Its popularity is due to the fact that it works all areas of the body, providing an intensive and beneficial strength and cardiovascular workout.

What is circuit training?

Circuit training is a type of exercise session where you participate in small segments of exercise at workout ‘stations’. Also known in the industry as High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), the idea is to spend only a few minutes performing each exercise. A typical circuit training session will include (but not limited to):

  • Upper body workout – Press-ups, pull-ups and shoulder press.

  • Lower body and legs – Squatting, lunges and step-ups.

  • All body workout – Burpees, bear crawl and core exercises.

  • Cardiovascular workout – Sprinting, shuttle runs and cycling.

Advantages of circuit training

Circuit training has a number of key benefits. This is what makes the activity so popular and worthwhile. Just some of the advantages include:

1. Improve strength and physical endurance

Circuit training is a great way to improve your overall strength and endurance. Sessions work your entire body due to the variety of exercises. If you easily get bored undertaking a single exercise, circuit training is perfect. For added variation, try to mix up the exercises each time to maintain your level of interest.

2. Weight loss

If you want to burn calories to help you lose weight, circuit training is ideal. An intense circuit training session can burn around 250 to 300 calories per 30 minute exercise. You can lose weight and get fitter. And because the exercises work your entire body, your muscles will become more toned over time, showing noticeable improvements after a few sessions.

3. Stress relief

Any physical exercise can be good for reducing stress. But circuit training is especially beneficial because of the variation in exercise. After a session, you will certainly feel the accomplishment of your efforts, albeit a little tired. The more sessions you undertake, the fitter and stronger you will become. For further stress-busting benefits, try an outdoors workout in the sunshine. This is a great activity for enjoying in the summer months.

4. Time-efficient

Circuit training typically lasts 20 to 30 minutes, so you can easily fit a session into your busy schedule. And you can do circuit training nearly anywhere: your home, garden or yard, a park or recreational area, a gym, sports hall, and elsewhere. You can exercise individually or in a group. Group sessions are especially recommended if you want to meet new people and enjoy the social aspect of exercise.

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