on Wednesday, June 3, 2009in Exercises
One of the most effective ways to optimize fat burning potential is by adding circuit training workouts to your fitness routine.
Effective circuit training workouts consist of anywhere from 5 to 15 different exercises done in rapid succession with the focus of each exercise being on speed, range of motion and proper form. Due to the extreme intensity of circuit training workouts, the number of calories burned in a short amount of time can be massive, making it one of the most efficient ways to shed fat.
Although the main benefit of incorporating circuits into your routine is the metabolic spike, there are other bonuses that should be mentioned as well.
Replacing some regular steady state cardio with circuits a couple of times a week will ease the potential boredom of ‘traditional cardio’. By mixing things up you’ll keep your body guessing, allowing for more mental stimulation. A workout program that becomes stagnate and repetitive ultimately leads to a lack of motivation. You need to stay both mentally and physically interested.
Athletes that generally focus on bodybuilding workouts as the meat of their program, will also benefit by adding circuit training workouts to their program. Bodybuilding workouts are made up of primarily of exercises that are done on the sagittal and frontal planes of motion. By adding circuits you’ll incorporate more movements involving the transverse plane of motion, balancing things out and increasing mobility and flexibility. Your muscles will be prepared to fire more efficiently which will improve the quality and effectiveness of your bodybuilding workouts.
Add circuits to your program once or twice a week and you’re bound to see improvements in your physique, not to mention flexibility and core stability.
Remember that it is imperative to use speed and intensity along with proper form. Rest only if absolutely necessary. Circuit training workouts are intense and uncomfortable so ‘Man up’ (or Woman up whichever the case may be), push yourself and you’ll reap the benefits!Found this post useful and want more? Subscribe to our Blog feed
About TravisTravis Steffen is a Master Trainer and founder of WorkoutBOX. After years of experience training professional athletes and thousands of others just like you, he knows exactly what it takes to get you in serious shape. Follow his expert guidance and you're guaranteed to get amazing results.Want to hear even more of what Travis has to say? Keep in touch with him on Facebook and Twitter!
Like this? Share it:
Done reading? Here are a few related posts:
- Target Heart Rate Training and Perceived Exertion for Fat Burning Maximum heart rate is considered to be exactly that; the maximum number of times your heart can beat per minute. Usually maximum HR is determined by a mathematical equation using your age as a variable. The standard calculation is: 220-age...
- Why resistance fitness training is crucial to your workout program As a personal trainer, I find that many women are intimidated by the thought of adding resistance workouts into their training program. Women have been misled about the effects that weight lifting workouts will have on their bodies. Some of...
- Plyometric Training for Extreme Weight Loss Plyometric exercise is a type of exercise designed to produce fast, powerful movements developing strength and muscular power – most of the time also burning serious calories. Plyometric training was first developed in the 1960s by Eastern European Olympic athletes...