March 20, 2014, Los Angeles, California: Chances are you’ve heard of it, but do you understand what it is? Circuit training is not the next fad in exercise routines that is soon to be replaced by some system lauded to be more innovative and effective. Circuit training is the standard of training and it is the fast track to fitness for Los Angeles residents of all ages and levels of fitness.
What Is Circuit Training?
Circuit training consists of short periods – usually 30 seconds to three minutes - of alternative forms of exercise: cardiovascular (aerobic) and resistance (anaerobic). So, for example, you may spend one minute on an exercise bicycle, after which you quickly switch to weights and do repetitions for a minute. Then it’s onto the treadmill for another minute after which you go back to resistance exercise, but this time focusing on a different set of muscles. There are a series of stations, each one providing Los Angeles residents with the challenge to work out the different muscles until each muscle in the body has had its opportunity to stress, pull and tense.
What’s The Point In Alternating?
People often question how circuit training helps them to get fitter or burn fat faster than other forms of exercise. Why jump on and off the treadmill between resistance exercises when you can spend 20 minutes on it and get your cardio over and done with?
It’s called the “Zig-Zag” theory and the basic idea behind it is that your body has two different energy expenditure systems. The one provides energy for long-haul, endurance exercises – such as jogging and cycling (cardiovascular exercises, essentially) – while the other provides energy for short bursts of effort (resistance exercise). By alternating between the two forms of energy expenditure, you prevent your body from clicking into any one mode, thereby compelling it to burn up to 500% more calories during a standard one hour workout!
You see, your body is smart; once you begin a repetitive exercise, such as jogging; it clicks in to a set energy expenditure mode. It then becomes super savvy with how many calories it burns in order to keep you going. Why is this the case? Why doesn’t your body torch those calories like you want it to? Because even though we rarely know hunger or malnutrition, our bodies are still primal machines and it is their job to provide us with the fuel we need while still keeping some left over to sustain us through hardship.
And so, by zigzagging between cardiovascular exercises and resistance exercises, circuit training turns your body into an energy burning furnace, which not only helps you to strengthen and tone every muscle, but also to help you lose fat.
Additional Benefits of Circuit Training
With circuit training, Los Angeles residents don’t even have a chance to get bored, because it’s literally one different exercise after the next. And at a circuit training studio like Circuit Works, the series of exercise stations are changed regularly to prevent clients from reaching a fitness plateau or mental boredom.
Circuit training is also short and sweet. One hour per day, three to four days per week is optimal, but even 30 minutes per day can help you maintain an excellent level of fitness and even to lose weight. Additionally, your body continues to torch those calories well after you’ve stepped out of the fitness training studio. Circuit training raises your metabolism and keeps your body using its fat stores for hours after you’ve stopped exercising.
Last, but not least, circuit training provides Los Angeles residents with a powerful whole body workout that is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. No matter what your goals, or whether you have some kind of injury, a circuit training routine can be customized to help you achieve your goals and work around your shortcomings.
About Circuit Works, Los Angeles
Circuit Works is a highly effective circuit training studio located in the Brentwood and Santa Monica suburbs of Los Angeles. Here, they combine Aerobic (cardiovascular) and Anaerobic (resistance) exercises in order to help clients burn more calories per minute than in any other fitness training and weight loss center. Circuit Works, under the leadership of owner Raphael Verela, offers both group and personal training and has worked with many well-known Hollywood stars, including Emile Hirsh, Josh Duhamel, Elisabeth Röhm and Oliver Hudson.
Contact Circuit Works
To contact Circuit Works fitness center in Los Angeles, call at 310-662-9345 (Santa Monica branch). To find out more about what Circuit Works is and what they do, check out their Website.