Circuit Training

Circuit training is a workout technique that incorporates a variety of exercises in a single session, that is then followed by other “circuit” sessions with very short breaks in between. The goal of circuit training is to provide a whole body work out that targets fat loss (through cardiovascular ), muscle building (through weight lifting and tension) and flexibility (through yoga) simultaneously.

The concept of circuit training was first introduced in 1953 at the University of Leeds. At its conception, circuit training was composed of 9 to 12 stations where each participant would spend 15 to 45 seconds working out before moving onto the next stations with little or no break in between. More modern circuit training designs exist today, including the popular P90X system.

There are many advantages to circuit training, including, simplicity in structure (anyone can design a circuit training work out that creates a whole body workout), reduces the need for expensive exercise equipment and it can be designed to accomodate a small workout area. Circuit training is not without its disadvantages. It is better suited for building endurance and burning fat but not as well suited for bulk muscle building. It can also become difficult for participants to perform exercises safely and correctly due to the rapid pace of the workout.