If you aren’t familiar with circuit training, you’ll want to read this article to see how you can get maximum results from your current workout program. You can super size your fitness program just by adding circuit training to your routine.
A combination of high-intensity aerobics and resistance training, a circuit routine may consist of as little as five easy-to-follow exercises. These should target certain areas to burn fat, build muscle and strengthen your lungs and heart. When you complete the last exercise in your circuit, you begin again on the first exercise of the routine, with a very short amount of downtime between exercises. The recommended amount of time for the entire workout should be 15 minutes. Depending on your fitness ability, you may want to work your way up to completing more than one circuit.
Adding weights to your circuits will take you to the next level, this is important when you want to see consistent weight loss and fitness effects. It’s also a dependable way to keep you from reaching a plateau in your workout program. That’s what happens sometimes when you continuously do the same exercises every day without increasing the reps or intensity, your body gets used to the same amount of exertion and you begin to burn less fat which compromises your weight loss efforts.
One thing to keep in mind when you add weights to any exercise is to learn the exercise first, then add weights while gradually increasing the amount and intensity. This is important for maintaining your form while executing the move. Practice your exercise in front of a mirror, ask a workout buddy to spot you, or hire a trainer to help you position yourself, if necessary. Once you are accustomed to the angle of your body and the muscles being worked, the better outcome you’ll reach when using weights with your program.
I suggest doing circuits two to three times per week, alternating with complete aerobic or strength training exercises on opposite days. It’s best to spend at least 30 minutes each day for six of the seven days of the week. Take one day off and just completely rest your body because that is just as important as the exercise for keeping the body fit and healthy.
The great thing about these workouts is that you can do them at home, at the office, in the gym or outside. All you need is an exercise mat, a couple of dumbbells, a towel to wipe the sweat and a bottle of water to keep you hydrated. There are some great plastic and metal water bottles available in stores if you don’t want to buy bottled water, but it’s very important to always keep water with you when you are exercising.
There’s no reason why you can’t get the most results from your weight loss and fitness program without having to spend a fortune. This is an inexpensive way to help you burn fat, lose weight and achieve the fabulous body that you desire.
~ Karen Ficarelli
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