Spotlight on Circuit Training

Get lean with Circuits at the Holbrook Club

Circuit training is a motivational, popular exercise class that’s a great way to mix up your workout routine. Combining both cardio and strength training, it’s fast-paced and has great all-round health benefits, including improving:

  • Body tone
  • Muscle strength
  • Endurance

 

Here at The Holbrook Club, we’ve got great instructors and our circuit training class runs every Monday from 12:20 to 13:00, booking details available here. To help you decide if it’s right for you and to prepare you for your first session, here’s our in-depth look at how it all works:

Circuits training

What you need to know

Circuit training is an all year round exercise option as it can take place indoors or out, depending on the weather. In a class, you move between stations that are provided for you and undertake a variety of workouts from cardiovascular, muscular endurance, and strength training.

The range of exercises includes using either body weights, free weights, or resistance equipment. You will do the exercise for between 30 – 60 seconds before moving onto the next station.

Circuits can also be a great social exercise as a lot of the time you will move through the stations in a pair or group, so get your friends involved and it may not seem so challenging!

Main health benefits

Cardiovascular

Some stations within the circuit will be cardio based and have little or no rest in between exercises to your heart rate. This regular cardiovascular training will improve your body’s respiratory system and help shed excess weight.

Muscular endurance

This is your body’s ability to repeatedly perform muscular activity against resistance. Weekly circuits will enhance your endurance and force your muscles to work through fatigue. The more you complete circuits, the easier you’ll find the exercises and the quicker you’ll progress to more advanced levels, continually improving your fitness.

Strength Training

This type of exercise can improve posture, muscular strength will help to sculpt the body. At the beginning, you can start slow with fewer rounds and lower weights for your reps, or even by having longer rests between movements.

Don’t be put off if it all seems new; a challenge is good for fitness and you’ll be encouraged to go at the right pace for you.

Body Composition

Circuits can improve your body composition by burning calories and building muscle. The harder you push through each station or the circuit, the more calories you will burn and of course the greater the benefits will be. However, nutrition will also play a large part of the body composition changes so make sure you’re also making positive changes to your diet as well as your exercise routine. This could include eating leaner meats and more vegetables and fruit.

Circuit training targets all areas of fitness and helps achieve both your muscle building and fat burning goals. So, what are you waiting for? Check out our class timetable for more information.  

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