Are You Ready For The Circuit?
by Fitness Team on 21 Jan 2020
We’ve always had a bit of a different approach here at the Hub. We’re not into fitness fads or “here today gone tomorrow” crazes. Instead we have always aimed to bring together the “best in class” of exercise, whether that relates to our spaces, equipment or our trainers.
Our Circuit Zone is a prime example of this. Designed to be enjoyed by taking part in one of our numerous Circuit classes or simply by being used between classes as a way of mixing up your routine.
Circuit training is a form of training where participants rotate through a number of stations, performing different exercises to time or repetitions, back to back, with minimum rest until the circuit is completed. The ideal circuit will include several movements including body weight, weighted and dynamic exercises. This makes it an efficient, challenging form of conditioning that develops strength, aerobic, anaerobic endurance, flexibility and coordination all in one workout. It is one of the few forms of fitness training that has been shown to effectively develop both strength and cardiovascular fitness in the same exercise session.
If you are unsure of using the Circuit zone on your own then the best bet is to attend one of the many coached classes that we run throughout the week. These are changed up on a regular basis to provide loads of variety and will give you a great insight as to which exercises can be combined together to give you the most efficient and enjoyable workout.
Once you are confident that you know which exercises you want to include in your workout here are some top tips;
- Perform each exercise for 30 to 90 seconds, allowing yourself 15 to 30 seconds of rest between each station.
- To focus on muscular strength, increase the resistance of the exercises and the rest time in between stations. This will allow your muscles to fully recover in between each exercise.
- To focus more on cardiovascular endurance, decrease the intensity of the exercise at each station, increase the length of time spent at each station and shorten the amount of rest between stations to keep your heart rate continuously elevated.
- Circuit training is safe enough to do two to four times per week. Because it incorporates such intense strength training exercises allow at least 48 hours between sessions that work for the same muscle groups.
- Use weights, resistance bands and other equipment that will allow you to perform exercises for the entire length of time while still providing a challenge.
- As your fitness ability improves, increase the difficulty of the exercise by either increasing the exercise time, increasing the weights or resistance used, adding more difficult exercises or decreasing the amount of time you rest between stations.
If you have any questions about the Circuit please just ask one of the team who will be happy to help.