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In circuit training, resistance and aerobic training are combined into one workout to increase heart rate and keep it at a training level for the duration of the exercise session. The results are improved cardiovascular and muscular endurance along with functional strength and fat loss.
This three-circuit workout designed by Mike Strevel, C.P.T., is an adaptation of one of the Shredded classes Strevel teaches at David Barton Gym in New York. Power through this full-body workout to build muscle and burn fat in just 45 minutes.
Do each exercise without rest, moving to the next exercise without stopping. After each complete circuit, rest for 1-2 minutes. Complete 2-4 rounds of each circuit—enough to be challenging, without overtaxing your system. Remember, use relatively light weights for each exercise, because those reps add up.
And even though a traditional circuit calls for zero rest between exercises, always set up with proper form for each exercise, and make sure you’re executing each motion correctly. Barbell-centric power movements like the squat and Romanian deadlift require special attention to form, so make sure you’re taking the necessary time to do each rep perfectly.
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