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Circuit Training Workouts for Men and Women

Nov 22, 2009

Circuit training workouts are both a very effective, as well as challenging type of workout for anyone who wants to get into better shape, as well as increase coordination, endurance and strength. Circuit training workouts are a combination of aerobic and anaerobic exercises which target weight loss, cardiovascular fitness and some strength training. The versatility of this type of workout has made it a popular thing for many people, from those wishing just to get into shape to professional athletes. In some cases, circuit training can even help compensate for areas of the body not normally used in particular sports, giving the athlete a more balanced body.

Designing a circuit training workout for a man or a woman requires taking into account how active they are, as well as what types of activities they do. It doesn't matter the fitness level of the person; circuit training is good for everyone, whether you are just looking to get into better shape or rounding out a specified area of the body for athletic competition.

What Circuit Training Can Do

Circuit training is an outstanding way to increase overall health both through aerobic and anaerobic exercise. While it can increase muscle mass to a degree, it is more targeted to shaping the body and increasing endurance. It can also help improve the immune system, increase metabolism and aid in coordination.

What Circuit Training Does Not Do

Circuit training is not the type of workout to do if the end goals are large bulging muscles on any part of the body. This would require weight training.

Workouts For Men and Women

Generally speaking, since circuit training is mare targeted at increasing endurance and toning the body, many of the exercises can benefit men and women equally. Pretty much any exercise that would benefit a man would also benefit a woman. Here are some examples of a circuit training workout for men and women.

  • Standing Leg Lift - Standing with your feet shoulder width apart and your hand at your side, lift your right knee up as high as it can go and swing your left hand forward. Return to the starting position and repeat this with your other leg. Do this as many times as you can in onr minute.
  • Skip Hop - At the top position of a push up movement is how this exercise begins. Pop you legs straight behind you in one quick movement and then bring them back to the starting position. When you bring the feet back to the body, move them a bit to the left and right alternatively. Do this as many times as you can in one minute.
  • Hand Tap - Again at the top of a push up movement, be sure to keep your abs tight and your arms straight. Lift your left hand and put it back down right next to the right hand, and then return it to the starting position. Do this again for the right hand. Do this as many times as you can in one minute.

Circuit training is a great way to get in a quick workout at almost any time of the day. It will increase endurance, coordination and aid in weight loss.

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