Text by Stephanie Frick | Photography by Jim Wells
This circuit training involves performing a series of body weight strength exercises with little to no rest between exercises. This is by far my favorite way to do cardiovascular exercise! The benefits of this workout include increasing work capacity (the amount of work you can do and recover from), increase in cardiovascular fitness, increase in strength endurance, adapting to acid buildup in the muscles, mental toughness, quick changes in body composition (lose fat without losing muscle).
There are many ways to design a circuit. You could pick sets of exercises and do one set of each with no rest. You could go several times through a circuit with no rest. You could do a series of exercises with work intervals and rest intervals. This can be as intense and as short as 15 minutes or they can be as long as an hour. I have chosen 8 exercises for you, around 40 minutes at length, including the warm up and cool down. 4 exercises are performed for 30 seconds straight through the set, until every exercise is finished. After each round of the exercises, 1 minute of recovery time is given. There is also a warm up and cool down. All exercises can be performed low to non-impact.