“Chris, I want to get in shape. I just don’t have the time.”
To that sorry excuse for an excuse I say this, “HA!” Now let me tell you why you should never use lack of time as a reason to not workout again. Anybody and I mean A-N-Y-B-O-D-Y should be able to find a little bit of time in their day in order to get a workout in. You just have to be smart about it. Today we are going to take a look at one of the best workout techniques you can use to maximize your time. Are ya ready? Well if your not we’re goanna get started anyways so ring the bell…
News Flash: “You don’t have to put in three hours of work every time you go to the gym.”
Yes, this idea may seem revolutionary, but it is a tactic trainers have been using for years in order to get the most out the short time they may have with some of their clients. This tactic is called circuit training.
“But Chris what is circuit training”
Good question John Gosselin I was getting to that. Circuit training is stringing together one set multiple exercises in a row with little to no rest. Circuit training can focus on one specific area (i.e. workout A) or it can combine multiple muscle groups for a total body workout (i.e. workout B). And lose the cigarette. This is a smoke free blog.
Do workout with as little rest as possible
1.Bench Press- 10 reps
2.Push-ups- 10 reps
3. Dips- 1 5 reps
4.Dumbbell Flys- 15 reps
5.Dumbbell Chest Press- 10 reps
Do workout without rest
(Total Body Circuit)
1.Air Squats- 20 reps
2.Push-ups- 10 reps
3.Pull-ups- 10 rep
4.Box Jumps- 15 reps
“How is circuit training it time efficient?”
Because of how it is designed Jon. I like your shirt, It’s very becoming of you. It just screams I’m a douche bag, will somebody please punch me in the face.
By giving your self little to no rest in between exercises as opposed to waiting two to three minutes between sets you will begin to notice how fast you will be coming in and out of the gym.
“huh huh huh, he said coming”
Are you guys still even relevant anymore? Why are you here? Oh well, I think I referenced Yakov Smirnov a few posts back so I could do worse.
Anyways you will notice that you will be sweating buckets and breathing hard in a fraction of the time it normally takes you in the gym.
“huh, huh, huh, hard”
Not you too Gosselin! Don’t you have anymore questions to ask me?
“How come Kate don't like me no more?”
I mean questions related to this blog, Jon.
“Oh, why didn’t you say so? Can I really get buff circuit training?”
It depends on what your definition of buff is. If you want to look like a bodybuilder you should probably train like one. Which means more rest time in between sets and a more structured repitition volume. Isolation of muscles and single joint movements is also important. However, if you want to feel better and look more athletic, circuit training is probably for you. Here are a few guys who utilize circuit training in their workout regimine. You tell me if they’re buff.
Super Bowl Champion Reggie Bush
# 1 ranked fighter in the world Manny Pacquio
elite rugby player Daniel Carter
Seems like a bunch of fatties to me!
“What are the benefits of circuit training.”
You mean besides being a time efficient ball buster of a workout, which challenges your muscles, neurologically, physically, cardiovascularly, and will help your body to undergo morphological changes that you thought could only be achieved by spending hours in the gym a day?
And for the fellas out there who think circuit training is only for girls or group exercise classes. Tell that to these guys.
The fitness industry understands the importance of circuit training and as usual is using it to make a quick buck as the next big fad in exercise.
If you want to try circuit training at home before you try it at a gym check out these workout videos.
1) P90-X: Tony Horton brings the pain with this great workout series.
2)Billy's Bootcamp: No, it's not Tae Bo. Just when you think Billy Blanks will go away he just keeps coming back.
3) Insanity: It's insane.
Or if you’re ready to learn from a qualified instructor, just check out these guys
Okay, okay, I know. That was a shameless plug.
“huh, huh, huh, he said pl –“
“Shut up Butthead!”
Thank you Biff!
Listen, I wouldn’t be telling you about the benefits of circuit training if it was something that I don’t strongly believe in. I myself use circuit training in my workout routines because I feel it gives me an opportunity to cover all of my bases. Because I use train like this often, weight training and cardio training are both extensive parts of my workout routine even if I don’t have the time to spend 30 minutes on the treadmill or a couple hours in the gym every day.
If you feel like you haven’t been making the most out of your workouts lately, give it a try. You may find yourself hooked. You might just have fun.
Because Wrestlemania was this past Sunday, I will leave you with some wise words from a true great thinker, The Ultimate Warrior.
wise words from a wise man.