Metro Fitness Club offers a variety of classes to help members reach their health and fitness goals. What are the benefits of circuit training?  What exactly is circuit training?

Circuit training consists of short bursts of a resistance exercise using a moderate amount of weight and high repetitions, followed by another burst of exercise targeting a different muscle group. By switching up the muscle groups, little rest is needed and the heart rate goes up and stays up – something that usually doesn’t occur in a traditional resistance training session.  To increase the intensity, aerobic exercise, such as jogging or jumping rope, is added to the circuit.

Experts agree circuit training improves endurance and strength and boosts the metabolism. After a workout session, the exerciser continues to burn calories hours later.  Why is that? As a person builds muscle, this muscle will burn more calories at rest than fat so the exerciser’s metabolism stays elevated. This is very important, especially for anyone getting older (Hello, everyone in the world) and for women. Women tend to lose 1% of muscle mass per year in their late 30’s and early 40’s.  This is bad news because less muscle means more fat and a slower metabolism.  Muscle mass also reduces one’s risk of osteoporosis.

While you do build muscle in circuit training, the biggest gains are seen in endurance. During a single session, you are placing a nearly continuous demand on the cardiovascular system.  This makes it an ideal workout to add to your endurance program, especially those needing a break from running or other high impact sports, but wanting to maintain the benefits of training.

Circuit training also allows for full body training in a short amount of time.  A huge advantage for those with busy and loaded schedules. Because each class is different, doing classes on back to back days won’t put someone at a risk of overtraining.

In addition to the health benefits, the class atmosphere of circuit is non-intimidating and fun.  When people like something, they continue to do and making exercise a regular part of your day will get you results.  Whether you’re looking for weight loss, toning, or just some stress management, try a circuit class at Metro Fitness Club!