Circuit Training 101

If you are from New England, then you are grateful for the weekend we just had.  What fantastic weather for November!  It was a perfect weekend to spend time outdoors!  On Saturday we enjoyed the company of our Godchild, which was great as usual!  We went to Ravenswood Park and hiked for 3 hours!  If you are ever on the North Shore in MA, I highly recommend taking a walk through here.  It’s a nice place to go if you want to do a 1 mile loop or a longer 3+ mile loop.  There’s a really pretty lookout that you can enjoy also!

Jamie hiked with the baby and I had a very heavy backpack which tired us out!!!  It was definitely worth it though, isn’t this little guy cute!

Onto a more interesting workout experience!!  When I first started working out, I was extremely nervous about Circuit Training.  Now, I value the workout experience because its so valuable and it makes you feel so accomplished when you’re finished!  When you’re doing the different exercises, it works your total body out rather than just one defined area.  You gain muscle through the resistance training and you increase your cardio endurance with this type of program.  

5 Circuit Training Benefits: 

  • Improves your cardiovascular fitness
  • Increases your metabolism which results in burning more calories
  • Get a total body workout in 20 minutes
  • Don’t need to do it everyday since you’re working every muscle
  • Changing up your workout keeps you interested

My Circuit Exercise this weekend consisted of the following:

  • 10 Squat Jumps
  • 30 second Plank
  • 25 Jumping Jacks
  • 30 Sit ups
  • 15 Push-ups
  • 10 Burpee’s
  • 30 Ab obliques
    I’m not a huge fan of knee push-ups. If you can’t do a full push-up, I’d recommend improvising!

Repeat these exercises 3 times.  This is definitely a great beginners circuit training workout.  You can switch in Jump Roping instead of Jumping Jacks if you have one. 

We went to a local private beach which is in a really nice area.  THANKS to the hubby for his awesome dedication to Fitness4Looks and helping me out with today’s workout and blog post.   

The best part about Circuit Training is that the amount of exercise equipment needed is minimal.  We brought our Yoga Mats to the beach to keep us from getting super sandy today.  Other than that, the only equipment we brought and needed was the medicine ball.  I’m so happy we bought the medicine ball – we use it almost every day in a number of different ways!

The weekend was a successful active weekend.  I feel rested and good about all my physical activity that took place!  Once again, Monday comes so quickly and a new work week begins. 

What are your workout plans this week?  

What is the one piece of workout equipment that you could not live without?

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3 Responses to Circuit Training 101

  1. Erin says:

    That’s an intense circuit! I start more circuits in about 3 weeks on my workout program. I’m exicted for them :) My workout plans this week are hittin the gym 6x. I’m doing Jamie Eason’s LiveFit trainer! I couldn’t live without a treadmill.

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