Circuit training is a form of body conditioning using high-intensity aerobics.
A circuit session works each section of the body, allowing you to complete a full body work-out over a quicker period of time.
In addition, you have the chance to build muscle strength and endurance, while also enhancing cardiovascular fitness.
Here’s a look at five benefits to circuit training.
Circuit training caters for people of all fitness levels. You can train with three or four friends and do exercises at different speeds. No matter your fitness level, circuit training makes you work together in a friendly and fun environment. It’s an excellent way to improve your health alongside a friend.
If you’re not interested in bulking up, then circuits are crucial to add to your programme. Training more than one muscle group during these sessions allows you to see quicker results. Lowering the weight with more repetitions will also help you to lean up.
EXCELLENT OFF SEASON WORK OUT
If you do the same training all the time, you’ll get bored. It is difficult to stay motivated when you’re constantly going through the rigours of the same, intense workout. Circuit training is a great way to maintain your fitness levels and overall health – and can also keep you in tip top shape when your sports season is over.
SESSIONS ARE FAST
High intensity circuit sessions are short and sharp, meaning you could complete a gruelling session in 40 minutes. Rest periods are short too, which helps you to push yourself and get the most out of your training. What you put in, you get out so make sure you give 100 per cent for the short window of time that you train.
Most training injuries come from overuse and circuits are a great way to prevent overuse without putting too much stress on the muscles. Making a comprehensive programme that uses all the muscles will help you to prevent injuries as your focusing on all muscle areas rather than neglecting certain groups.
Are you competing in any fitness events in February and March?
Here’s our top six to get involved in!
Friday, February 16
Challenge yourself on the beautiful ultra-trail 50km or 100km trail run through the mountain passes, along jeep tracks, through boulder ravines and over spectacular sand dunes of Ras Al Khaimah.
It is a tough challenge and requires training, but generous cut-off times (24hrs overall) allow most physically fit, determined and well-prepared runners to get to the finish.
START TIME: 6.45AM
MORE INFO: Urban-Ultra Hajar 50 & 100
BEACH RUN DXB
Friday, February 23
The Beach Run Series presented by Daman Activelife in association with Dubai Sports Council, returns to Dubai for its third edition and will take place at Sunset Public Beach.
The Beach Run series is an inclusive family-orientated event with 1.8km, 3.6km and 7.2km race distances to cater for runners of various abilities and fitness.
MORE INFO: Beach Run
One of the UAE’s most challenging races saw 781 runners, of all levels, cross the finish line over the weekend.
The 72km Reebok Wadi Bih Run, one of the highlights in the Middle East’s running calendar, saw participants tackle the mountainous terrain in Dibba, Oman. Jeremy Curran and Lisa Van Gisbergen claimed first place in the men’s and women’s 72km solo races with times of 5.30.43 and 8.44.25 respectively.
Taking part alongside the solo runners were 132 teams of five runners, who took it in turns to take on legs across the 50km and 72km routes. One of those was ‘Team Coach Mike’, appropriately named after the well-known French fitness coach living in the UAE.
Speaking after the race he said: “That was an epic run, a true and very real challenge for all of us. The road is a long one, filled with brutal hills, twists and turns and the only way we got through was to work together and push other limits. It was the camaraderie between us that made this day so memorable.”
Wadi Bih Run Race Director, Neil Young, was delighted on the success of the 26th edition. He said: “The Reebok Wadi Bih Run is truly special as it’s a run of perseverance and pleasure, welcoming all runners to test themselves in one of nature’s most beautiful settings. We are excited to build on this for the next edition and look forward to welcoming everyone back again for the 27th year.”
The Reebok Wadi Bih Run saw five race categories set off from the Dibba coastline, through Wadi Khabb Shamsi to the high point of the Hajjar Mountains with its spectacular view into Wadi Bih.
The original race, first run 26 years ago by a large group of families and friends, was a 72km relay race of five team members. Throughout its long history, and due to popular demand, the event now has five categories: Team 72km & 50km, Solo 72km, 50km & 30km.
The full list of finishers can be seen HERE