Many of us want to see results but are just too busy to spend several hours every night at the gym. The good news is that you can still get great results by doing circuit training exercises at home, at the park, or at the gym. Circuits can be personalized to target the exact muscles you want to work in a convenient and flexible routine. If you want to jumpstart weight loss and have a leaner body mass, consider adding circuit training to your routine.
If you’re looking for a simple place to start, check out one of our favorite cardio circuit workouts. Complete each movement for ten reps before moving to the next. Repeat the circuit three to five times, but be sure to rest if you need a break!
Plank jacks: In the plank position, start with your feet about shoulder width apart. Quickly jump out like you’re doing a jumping jack, then bring your feet back together at shoulder width. Repeat ten times.
Mountain climbers: In the same plant position, keep your back as straight as possible while you bring one knee up to your chest at a time. Repeat ten times.
Burpees: Ah, the dreaded burpees! Starting again in the plank position, jump to bring both your feet under your chest (in a crouching position) then spring up into the air as high as you can. After the jump, move back into a crouch position and then into the plank position again. Repeat ten times, then go back to plank jacks.
After a few sets of these exercises, you should feel your heart pumping and body sweating. Circuits are ideal for quick exercises because they get your heart rate elevated and also burn through calories. Because there is little rest between each exercise, your breathing and heart rate don’t go back to resting rates while you’re working out. This helps your body burn more calories during rest periods.