Circuit Training, or Circus Training?

Circuit training is proving to be, according to a study by the American Council on Exercise (ACE), the best form of exercise — burning the most calories in the shortest amount of time. But more on circuit training in a second...

We now interrupt this broadcast to bring you something really cool!

Reebok has teamed up with Cirque Du Soleil (yes, the circus arts performance group) to create JUKARI Fit to Fly. "Jukari," Italian for "play," is an hour-long workout created around a specific piece of equipment called the FlySet, a trapeze-like contraption that hangs from the ceiling. The workout not only gives you the sensation of flying and seems like a ton of fun, it is also cardio, strength, balance and core training all in one. Keep an eye out for Jukari Fit to Fly to make its way Stateside. I can't wait to try it

Now back to our regularly scheduled program...

The biggest excuse we make for why we don't exercise is because "we don't have the time." But all it takes is 30 minutes of circuit training, 3-5 days a week, to lower body weight, decrease risk for disease, strengthen and tone the body and increase energy. Circuit training is the combination of strength exercises (such as weight lifting or body resistance exercises such as pushups and lunges) with aerobic exercises (such as running and jumping). Circuit training gives you both a cardiovascular and strength training workout. It's called "circuit" training because you move from one type of activity (either a strength/resistance exercise or an aerobic exercise) to the other, in rapid succession.

When you circuit train, you are doing a combination of cardio moves with strength and resistance training. In only 30 minutes this combination helps you to expend higher amounts of energy, resulting in more calories burned.

For a formal circuit-training program, check out 1-2-3 Fit which, according to ACE, is a more effective workout then just jogging or lifting weights.

The next time you say that you don't have time to work out, remember you don't need an hour; all you need is 30 minutes. And if you can't get to the gym or a place like 1-2-3 Fit, then try creating your circuit-training program to do at home or outside in your local park. There are plenty of resources on the Internet to help you create the circuit-training plan that is right for you.

An example of a circuit-training program:

  • Chose eight exercises for your circuit: lunges, pushups, sit-ups, squats, jumping jacks, knee ups and tricep bench dips.
  • Do 8-12 repetitions of each of the eight exercises, in succession, completing the circuit.
  • When done with the circuit, rest for two minutes and do another one. Complete the above circuit however many times you can in a half hour.


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