There are a variety of fitness classes that you can try, but when you’re looking for an intense boost of fitness, circuit training will keep you moving and is a great change of pace from the typical class. With many classes, you’re doing the same thing over and over until the end of the class. While there’s nothing wrong with this, if you want to focus on various parts of your body while raising your heartbeat, the variety of moves and techniques used in circuit training will give you a whole body workout. Our circuit training classes are based on the HIIT technique, or High-Intensity Interval Training.
What is HIIT?
Interval training is a workout that involves alternating between high-intensity and low-intensity exercises. If you sprint for 30 seconds and then walk for 60 seconds, this would be considered interval training. Exercises during a circuit training fitness class can include sit-ups, jump squats, triceps dips, burpees, and many other moves. This type of workout can help you burn fat quicker and keep your heart rate up.
There are two types of circuit training, vertical and horizontal.
- Vertical: You complete one set of every type of exercise, before returning to complete a second round of sets.
- Horizontal: All sets of one type of exercise are completed before you go onto the next exercise.
You’ll be using weights and other props to help you complete the sets, and often you’ll be using your own body to complete the set. To increase the benefits of your workout, you can increase the weight as you gain muscle strength and endurance.
Achieve a Whole Body Workout
Circuit training fitness classes target a variety of areas on your body so that you can get a great workout.
- Core: Many stations will require you to engage your core, including moves like hip abduction or front planks.
- Arms: You’ll use dumbbells for bicep curls, tricep extensions and possibly some gym equipment can be used for tricep pushdowns or preacher curls.
- Legs: You’ll definitely get in a good number of squats, lunges, and maybe complete some sets on the seated leg press.
- Glutes: When you’re completing lunges or you’re working on the hamstring curl machine, engage your glutes for a firm butt.
- Back: Planks or pull-ups can focus on your back for additional core strength.
You can also look forward to improving other aspects in this type of fitness class.
- Flexibility: Our instructors will ensure that you are performing the sets using proper technique and form. This will help you build flexibility throughout your body.
- Aerobic Exercise: Moving through the stations quickly and focusing on powering through the moves will give you a great cardiovascular workout. Stations like jumping rope might look easy, but will get your heart racing.
- Strength: Building muscle strength is part of what makes circuit training so great. Continue to increase the weight level and you’ll see an improvement in the tone of your arms, legs, and stomach.
Circuit training fitness classes are great for beginners who want an introduction to various movements that will strengthen and tone your body. If you’re a workout pro, you will also find these classes challenging and motivating. Look at our fitness schedule and sign up for a class today.