circuit training

Glamping – Weight Loss Camp Day, 13 September 2015

Glamping – Weight Loss Camp Day, 13 September 2015

Now Sunday is always a great day for us as trainers.. We get to wake up and hear the sound of stiff muscles and aching bodies from the ladies, and another bonus it’s be first morning for pre-breakfast wake up workout!! No matter how sore those muscles were each and every one of the clients is wrapped up warm and heading down to the exercise marquee with a smile on their face.

The plan for this week is to use each wake up workout as an opportunity to introduce a range of circuit classes. This has many benefits for the women; it shows a huge variety of circuit class set ups and routines, gives them the chance to see circuits don’t always have to include press ups (!!) they could be more agility or cv focused, and it ensures each of them has had a tough workout to wake them up and set them on the right path for the day!!

It’s another fun packed and busy Sunday here in Malvern. The ladies get chance to rest their legs for an hour after breakfast whilst Andy covers the 8 aspects of fitness we believe to be most important to create that healthy balance.

Luckily the weather is on our side for our first few days of camp, allowing us to spend the morning on the top field enjoying the sun and working through some agility drills. The ladies seem to be enjoying as it gives them chance to help each other through exercises and even get a bit competitive!

The afternoon gives us a chance to introduce some interval training, something we both feel is a really useful tool and implement into our own training schedules. We stay outdoors to begin with some road intervals before picking up the intensity with an hour of high intensity interval training to get hot sweaty and another brilliant workout under our belts!

To finish another tough day Andy spends the after dinner session spending time with ladies to discover their core and how to engage it.. Now some expect this session to be an easy one as it involves a lot of lying down but I’m sure they’re in for a bit of a treat!!

Helen


This special blog post report is what happened in one of our recent Fitfarms fat camp weeks as reported by one of our instructors.

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What is Circuit Training?

What is Circuit Training?

Circuit training focuses on building strength and muscle endurance through high intensity workouts. It is a programme of exercises completed in turn for short periods before moving on to the next exercise in the programme. This is carried out in quick succession.

Circuit training originated in England in the 1950’s, it allowed people to train with others yet at their own intensity. A programme would be established to incorporate a number of exercises in aerobic and anaerobic disciplines. The body would be treated as a whole, to work all the muscle groups in turn. There are different categories of circuit training, and they are strength, cardio, and sport specific. Strength will consist of strength and weight bearing exercises, using free weights, machine weights, and body resistance exercises.

Cardio involves quick succession movements, such as jump squats, skipping rope, and jumping jacks. Cardio machines, such as treadmill, step mill, and stationary bike can be used for just 2 minutes on each piece of equipment to form part of a circuit. For a total body workout a combination of strength and cardio can burn a number of calories a minute. The programme would consist of alternating the two disciplines. Sports specific circuit training can be tailored to improve an athlete’s performance in their particular sport.

Circuit training has proven to be successful for people looking to lose weight. Research suggests we are more likely to stick to exercising if we join a group, it appears the social aspect is just as important as the exercise. The very nature that exercising is carried on a variety of pieces of equipment in quick succession reduces the likelihood of becoming bored.

CONTENT SOURCES: Health and Fitness Advice by FitFarms Editorial Team

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