What’s the ideal workout at your local gym? The answer is “the workout you’ll actually do,” of course. But how do you build a workout that you enjoy, but that’s also effective? The best possible workout is one that combines strength and cardio workouts and can have you in and out of the gym in about 30 minutes. That’s circuit training; and on top of being fast and effective, it’s highly customizable.
But how can you design a circuit training regimen this summer that helps you meet your fitness goals? It’s easy! Use these six steps to build your circuit and try it out. If you have any questions, the experts at Fitness Connection are happy to answer them at a gym near you.
- Choose your time limit. To figure out how much time you can spend at each station in your circuit, figure out how much time you have overall. Aim for 30 minutes when possible, that way you can visit five stations for your workout at one minute apiece, which adds up to six circuits.
- Pick an upper-body exercise. Fitness Connection has a wide range of choices for upper-body exercises, so whether you’re more comfortable with machines or free weights, we have something for you. You can do shoulder presses, standing dumbbell curls, or pushups. You have a lot of options, so just ask one of the fitness experts at your local Fitness Connection if you want to learn more.
- Pick a lower-body exercise. Like your upper-body exercise, but focusing on everything below the waist. Some examples include walking lunges, sumo squats, or deadlifts. To hit your health goals, try to change up your workouts so you can keep your muscles surprised and on their toes.
- Pick a compound exercise. Add some total-body movement in the mix so you can get your heart rate going. Jumping lunges, mountain climbers, or bench hop overs will get you on your way to your weight goals.
- Choose a one-minute sprint. Short, fast sprints are one of the best ways to burn fat. Running, jumping rope, cycling, or some other form of fast, hard cardio will torch that fat and keep your heart rate up.
- Rest! Take a minute (just one minute) and let your heart rate come down. You’ve earned the break, but don’t spend it in a sweaty heap! Instead, get some water, check your playlist, or just consider what your next circuit will be.
Just keep working that circuit until your time is up. That’s all it takes! If you’re ready to get going, visit the Fitness Connection gym closest to you and talk to our friendly, highly-trained fitness instructors. We’re eager and ready to be your Fitness Connection.