5 Must-Know Advantages of Circuit Training

Updated: Jul 19, 2021

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A group of people taking part in a high-intensity circuit workout. This image heads the article that looks at the 5 advantages of circuit training.

The health and fitness advantages of circuit training make it an essential exercise methodology. And anyone who wants to improve all-round fitness, burn fat and maintain health needs to be regularly participating in circuit training.

In this article, we will take a look at 5 advantages of circuit training. If after reading the 5 advantages you feel inspired to start circuit training, you will no doubt want to learn how to create your own.

We have created a Circuit Training How 2 Guide which outlines the different types of circuits. In addition, our How 2 Guide shows you step-by-step how to create and design your own circuit. You can find the link to this article in the conclusion.

But before we get into the benefits of circuit training, let’s have a look at some frequently asked questions.

Circuit Training FAQ

Q: Circuit training definition (what is circuit training?)

A circuit could be defined simply as a physical training session that incorporates multiple exercises where the trainer performs as many repetitions or loops as possible in the time allotted.

Q: How does circuit training work

The classical conception of the circuit is that of a loop or circle of exercises that an individual or group carries out in rotation. However, this is an outdated and quite parochial perception of what constitutes a circuit. They can take on many different forms and the exercises from which the circuit is comprised do not have to be merely calisthenics and/or light resistance.

The exercises that can be included within a circuit are entirely limited by the imagination of the trainer. In some of the circuits throughout the Hungry4Fitness Book of Circuits Vol. 1 you will see a random assortment of exercises that present the appearance of having been put together by chance. But this is not the case.

As far as I am aware there is no law prohibiting a strength exercise following hot on the heels of, say, a cardiovascular blast on the running machine, or a row sprint into a series of kettlebell snatches. If anything, a circuit designed in this way is more realistic and reflective of most all competitive sports.

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