Circuit Training

Circuit Training Fitness Training

Circuit Training Description

Circuit training is a program in which you move immediately from an exercise for one muscle group to an exercise for a different muscle group until all major muscle groups have been worked. The circuit of activities can include weight machines, free weights, calisthenic exercises, exercise tubing, and cardiorespiratory equipment. Moving immediately from one activity to the next allows you to work the cardiorespiratory system as well as the muscular system. However, the aerobic component of circuit training is low compared to other methods of aerobic training, such as cycling or swimming.

Circuit Training Warnings

  • Movements or exercises that involve injured muscles, joints, or connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage) should be avoided or adapted according to your physician's recommendations.

Circuit Training Risks

  • Muscle strains/injuries from overtraining or improper form

Circuit Training Sport-specific applications

  • Provides a good conditioning foundation for many sports

Circuit Training Equipment required

  • Depending on nature of circuit, you may need a variety of cardiovascular and weight machines, free weights, and/or exercise mats

Circuit Training Reference sources, organizations and publications

  • High-intensity, fast-paced resistance training or calisthenic sessions


Cardiorespiratory: Anaerobic/Aerobic/Interval (The aerobic component of this activity is low compare

Fitness Benefits

  • Cardiorespiratory 3
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 4
  • Muscular Endurance 4
  • Body Fat Recution 2

Fitness Requirements

  • Cardiorespiratory 1
  • Flexibility 1
  • Muscular Strength 1
  • Muscular Endurance 2
  • Coordination/Skill 1

Muscle groups used

A well-designed circuit will involve every major muscle group.

Energy expenditure

Approximately 0.084 Calories per minute per pound of body weight

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