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Circuit training helps increase strength, endurance


Circuit training is a form of exercise that uses high-intensity moves to increase strength or build endurance.

If you easily grow bored with the same workout routine, circuit training is a great option!

Get In Shape For Women, a LaGrange-based fitness studio, offers a similar body transformation program that includes a unique combination of weight training and cardio.

This fast-paced class can be an effective workout in a rather short timeframe. Just 30 minutes of circuit training can burn 30 percent more calories!

According to the American Council on Exercise (ACE), circuits are a great way to experience total body training, burn calories and improve aerobic performance. Anyone can benefit from including circuits into their exercise regimen. With circuit training, you are simply limited by your own creativity and imagination.

To get started, select six workout moves with high repetitions and low resistance, and allow short rest intervals to involve all major muscle groups in the cycle. Start with one cycle and then progress to more, depending on how much time you have allowed for your training session.

Want to give circuit training a try? ACE recommends the following steps to get your heart pounding toward positive results:

Step 1: Choose your timing intervals. If you are new to exercise, using an aerobic circuit is a safe introduction to this type of workout. 

Step 2: Choose the type of exercises. For a true circuit to be successful, however, the exercises that you choose should focus on your specific training goals. For example, if your goal is to improve strength in your legs, try adding a lunge matrix to your aerobic circuit

Step 3: Choose the number of rounds. Only have 30 minutes? After a five- to 10-minute warm-up, use an anaerobic circuit to blast away a few calories by using a 1:3 work-to-rest ratio (work for 15 seconds, rest for 45) and repeating a five-exercise circuit four times.

Get In Shape For Women: 79 S. La Grange Rd. La Grange, IL 60525

(708) 557-7890