Wednesday, July 06, 2011
For an hour, a circuit training class is offered twice weekly at my gym.
We walk around the indoor track for five minutes to warm up, then rotate through eight stations - each has a cardio portion for 2 to 3 minutes, and a strength training portion for one minute. Each station has suggestions for appropriate fitness levels (1,2, or 3). After going through the stations, we cool down on the track, and end with core exercises and stretching.
Cardio could consist on using any of the various machines - elliptical, bicycle, rowing, etc. - or using a step platform, boxing or kickboxing, jumping jacks, jumping rope, going around the track, and shuttle runs (like suicides in basketball). Strength training could involve hand dumbbells, resistance bands, balance balls, etc.
We did planks during the core portion, and I could feel my out-of-shape muscles quiver as I tried to hold the posture. Doing some of the other challenges also woke up muscles I had forgotten I had!
It was a lot of fun, and we took heart rate readings a couple of times during the class.
A good, solid workout that I can use to keep my routine fun, interesting, and challenging.
Thinking about adapting it to playground exercises duringn some of my walks this summer.
Have you ever tried a similar class? How did you enjoy it? Would you like one to be offered in your area?