Many people think that the most challenging part of achieving a given fitness goal, for example losing weight or building muscle, is simply all the work that goes into reaching this final goal. In reality, maintaining this goal is equally as important and challenging. A fit and healthy lifestyle is both physical and mental and therefore requires a shift in our thinking where we must reinforce the notion that working out is not a chore. It’s pretty simple really, if you enjoy working out you will continue to work out and it won’t seem like “work”. One of the ways to help make this your reality is to change up your work-outs and keep them fun and interesting. This is where the help of a fitness professional can be very beneficial.
To keep Bryce motivated and to help physically prepare him for his goal of cycling across Canada, I regularly change up his work-outs. Every time he steps into my studio Bryce is prepared for just about any type of work-out because he never knows what he is going to get. Our last session consisted of circuit training, which is a short high-intensity work-out that is great for working both your cardiovascular and strength training at the same time. Circuit training is an extremely efficient way of completing a balanced workout (meaning that you work opposing muscles throughout the circuit) which is very important not only for esthetic reasons but to prevent injuries as well. For Bryce, circuit training is an integral part of his training regimen with me since the short rest periods in the circuit help build muscle, while also improving cardio vascular conditioning, increasing strength and burning fat – all of which are going to prepare him for cycling across Canada. (Check out my circuit training routine for Bryce at the bottom of this post!).
Aside from the physical benefits of circuit training, there are many advantages to this training system. For starters, circuit training does not necessarily have to be done in the gym and it is adaptable to all fitness levels. You can use this training system just about anywhere – in your basement or backyard or even at a park. Another advantage is that circuit training can be interactive and done in groups, so you can round up your friends and family and create a support system to keep each other motivated towards a fit and healthy lifestyle while having fun. Circuit training is an effective and convenient training system that can help change a mundane work-out routine. The point is to simply get moving and to keep moving!
12 x Single leg plyo box squat (per side)
12 x Single arm TRX row (per side)
15 x Lying leg extension
1 min. skipping
30 sec. rest
15 x Moving push-ups
12 x Seated lateral raises
15 x TRX tricep extension
12 x Seated hammer curls
1 min. variable abdominals
3-4 min. rest
**Repeat three times for a total of 3 sets**