Circuit Training Doesn’t Get You Fitter: Benefits & Disadvantages
What Is Circuit Training?
The term “circuit” refers to a series of movements performed at the same time with different muscle groups. These are called circuits because they’re similar to the way electrical current flows through wires or cables. They’re also sometimes referred to as “routines.”
In the context of exercise, a circuit is usually defined as three or more exercises done in sequence over several sets. For example, you might perform bench press, squat thrusts (squatting with your legs bent), leg curls and calf raises all in succession.
Or you could perform back extensions, seated rows and dumbbell flyes all in succession. There’s no one right way to do it; each person needs to figure out their own personal style based on their strengths and weaknesses.
How Often Should I Do Circuits?
There isn’t any hard and fast rule for when you should do circuits. Some people like them every other day while others only do them once a week. If you don’t feel like doing them, then just skip them altogether! But if you want to get stronger, then make sure that you’re getting enough rest between sessions so that your muscles aren’t tired from performing too many exercises in such short periods of time.
Warm Up For Circuit Training
Performing some kind of warm up before doing the exercises is a good idea. A brisk five to ten minute walk will usually do the trick or you can do something simpler like jumping jacks or other body stretches.
The idea is that you’re increasing your overall core temperature so that your muscles won’t be as prone to getting pulled or strained.
What Are The Advantages Of Circuit Training?
There are several advantages to doing circuits. For one, you’re going to get a lot more exercise done in a short period of time. If you were to perform just one exercise per muscle group, then it would probably take you somewhere between thirty and sixty minutes to get everything in. But with circuits, you can get the same thing done in half that time or less. This saves you a lot of time so that you can move on to something else in your day.
Along the same lines of saving time, circuits also tend to burn more calories and fat in the same amount of time as well. This is mainly due to raising your heart rate more consistently and for longer periods of time.
Muscles tend to burn more calories after they’ve been worked too; so by combining the two, you’ve got a recipe for success.
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