Agree with ArchimesesII on this one.. Circuit training is a form for strength training.. The magic happens on rest days, if the person asking the question does both no rest days and muscle tireness sets in..
You are spot on about circuit training. It wasn't until I started doing a Valerie Waters workout program(which is circuit training 3x/week and HIIT on the off days), along with eating clean,that I finally started to see some results. I too had been at a plateau for a long time. I thought perhaps my body had reached a set-point that I didn't like because NOTHING seemed to be working. Val has some great programs that can be done at home and provides amazing help. When I called because the website was not working properly, she actually answered the phone herself and is ALWAYS available.
I probably will go into circuit training once I stop bulking. I'm eating more and doing less cardio and lots of ST to add muscle, so I don't see where circuit training would fit. But once I go on to cutting fat I can see circuit training taking a place in my routine.
I'd urge you to go ahead and incorporate circuit training into you workouts instead of what you're currently doing (unless what you're doing is giving you the results you want). In more and more research studies, short but intense circuit training and short high-intensity interval cardio workouts burn way more fat than those long, boring cardio routines that most people here on Spark are doing. Doing long bouts of steady-state cardio doesn't work. It just puts your body in a state where it will save fat and burn muscle protein. I was back in my tightest pair of jeans two weeks after starting high-intensity circuit training coupled with high intensity interval cardio. I am spending less time in the gym and seeing great results after a 1 year plateau.
I figured that was the answer. I was hoping to replace my cardio occasionally with circuit training, but rest is important....
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Circuit training IS a form of strength training. The cardiovascular effect comes from moving from one exercise to the next with little to no recovery.
If you fatigue your muscles with your strength training workout, then you can't do circuit training the next day. circuit training is not a recovery exercise. And if you are working your muscles to fatigue, you must take the next day off to allow them to rest.
Otherwise, your muscles will never get stronger if they don't have a chance to recover.
I have heard circuit training is a combination of cardio and ST. I don't know how crazy this sounds, but would it be doable to try circuit training on my off ST days?
For example, I take a day off in between ST. Would it make sense instead of doing half hour on the elliptical, I could do the 30 minute circuit zone at Planet Fitness? It has machines and a step platform that you alternate using.. If I do light-ish weights, would it be getting in the way of my recovery from yesterday's ST?
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