Six Reasons to Try a Circuit Workout

Why this time-saving form of exercise is good for you. 

Posted: 08/11/2014 01:04 PM EDT
Six Reasons To Try A Circuit Workout

During a book signing, a woman asked “ Do you workout everyday?” “No,” I responded. “As a father of two young boys and grandfather of one girl, I don’t have the time to work out everyday. I only workout three times per week. I do circuits.”

A circuit consists of two or more exercises done back-to-back with little rest between each exercise. Here are six reasons why you should try a circuit:

—It’s an efficient, time-saving workout

Unveils six-pack abs by lowering total body weight

Tones muscles

Builds upper and lower body

Torches calories

Burns fat

To get you started, try this upper/lower body circuit workout:

—Do 4 push-ups ( female or male version)

—Take a 30-60 second active rest

—Do 4 body weight squats

—Take a 30-60 second active rest

Do a second set of push-ups/body weight squats with 3 reps followed by a third set with 2 reps with an active rest between each exercise. During the 30-60 second active rest, you should be moving in some capacity ( e.g., marching in place, jumping jacks, dancing, etc.).

Because a circuit is a full-body workout, there is no need to workout daily, three times per week should suffice.

Read more about the benefits of circuit training at BlackDoctor.Org.

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