According to the American Heritage Dictionary, “circuit training” is defined as a method of physical conditioning in which one moves from one exercise to another. In circuit training workouts, the exercises can be all strength training, or can alternate between cardio and strength training. Here at Home Fitness 411, we’ll consider circuit training workouts to be those workouts that combine both strength training and cardio.
So what’s the advantage of doing circuit training workouts rather than pure cardio or strength training? Probably its biggest advantage is that it’s time efficient – you get both strength and cardio in one workout. Also, the strength training portions of a circuit training workout are usually structured so that you hit most, if not all, of the major muscle groups, giving you a whole body workout. Plus, with all the exercise variety you get in circuit training workouts, the boredom level is kept to a minimum.
There is one main disadvantage to circuit training workouts, however. Namely, they don’t build muscle strength or bulk too well – for that you’ll want to add regular strength training sessions with heavier weights. Still, circuit training workouts are a great way to get in both cardio and weight work in one workout, and can be a great addition to your home fitness program.