Hey Friends! How’s it goin?
I’ve got a new circuit workout to share with you today!
Why I needed more circuit workouts
My workouts have been getting a little monotonous lately: squats, deadlifts, bench press repeat. I saw a lot of gains in terms strength but eventually I found myself skipping workouts because I was so bored 😕
I’ve been itching to shake up my workouts a bit, so last week I headed to the gym with no clear workout in mind. I just went with the flow and it was awesome. I’ve always loved circuit workouts and this one was no different. 25 minutes of heart-pumping, muscle-straining, sweat-inducing goodness.
What more could a girl want?
Notes about the circuit workout
1. AMARP = As Many Reps As Possible.
So, for example, for circuit 3, do 10 wide pushups followed by 10 narrow pushups, over and over for 2 minutes. Then rest for 30 seconds and move on to circuit 4.
2. Use light weights
Try to use about 60 – 70% of your regular weights for the exercises that require them. Working the same muscle for 2 minutes straight will tire you out faster than doing sets with rests in between. Pace yourself!
3. Do burpees WITHOUT pushup
The image I included for the burpees is one with a pushup but I actually did a basic burpee without the pushup because of the pushup circuit right before. If you can do it, go for it! But personally, my arms were like jello after doing 2 minutes straight of pushups.
4. Increase rest if you need to
After circuit 4, I needed a little more rest so I rested for 45 seconds instead of 30 because the burpees killed me. Don’t be afraid to rest for more than 30 seconds. However, if you’re taking more than a minute to rest, consider getting an a cardio machine and working at a slow pace for some active recovery.
What about you?
Do you like circuit workouts? What are your favourite ways to get out of an exercise rut?
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