Top 5 Circuit Training ideas
Circuit training routines have been about from the dawn of man, 8 stations form a circle and away you go. The only problem is, how can we beat the boredom? I mean we know they are effective but is there more that we can do to spice things up?
Let’s have a think; we can add boot camp games, A HIIT workout routine (high intensity), we can come up with cool fitness challenge ideas and to top it off, we can design our future circuits training workouts to reflect team work and group interaction.
Let me show you how.
Team Competition: as far as circuit training workout routines go, this one is awesome. It will get your clients working hard to avoid defeat.
Split the group in to two teams from the start. Form a giant circle with 8 exercises. Place a team base for each team at the centre of the circle with a pot of coins between the bases. To start…
Players (individually) must complete as many circuit training exercise as possible. After each set the player must put a coin from the middle in to their team pot. Repeat. Remember the player can complete which every circuit training exercise they wish as long as it’s available.
The team with the most coins at the end of the circuit wins.
Triangle Heaven: Another great fitness challenge idea. The layout is very simple but very effective, it also doubles up as a fun fitness game and it’s all down to the highest score wins.
Split the group in to two teams from the start. Space out three circuit training exercises to form a giant triangle. Team one will go clockwise and team two anti clock wise.
Players (individually) must move around the circuit to complete the exercises by repetition.
5 reps of each exercise, then 10, 15, 20, and 25, players get points for the overall position that they finish in.
Linear Challenge: whether your circuit training outdoors or in, this one can be implemented anywhere. This is a kind of HIIT workout routine (high intensity) as long as your campers can maintain a good pace.
Partner players up, choose three exercises. Players must take it in turns to run out to a marker (10 metres away) and perform an exercise. Players must follow this Bootcamp routine.
Player one: Run out and perform 1 repetitions of the first exercise, run back
Player two: Run out and perform 1 repetitions of the first exercise, run back
Player one: Run out and perform 2 repetitions of the first exercise, run back
Player two: Run out and perform 2 repetitions of the first exercise, run back
Once both players have reached 10 repetitions each, they must start all over again with the second exercise. The team to complete all three exercises wins.
Circle mayhem: This is in my manual labelled, endurance training routines. It is an excellent cardio/muscle endurance circuit training routine that will test the fittest of people.
Partner players up and mark out a large circle. Choose one exercises. Player one runs clock wise and player two runs anti clockwise. Every time they meet they must perform the set exercise n this order.
First meet: 21 repetitions
Second meet: 18 repetitions
Third meet: 15 repetitions
As you can see, players are knocking three repetitions of each time, the first team to get to three repetitions wins. Aim to play three games but change the exercise for each. I usually break up the circuit with a physical fitness game.
The Brutal (individual times challenge) Not for the faint hearted, I have tested many endurance workout routines but have found this one to be of optimum length to fit in nicely to a one hour Bootcamp workout routine.
Choose 6 tough exercises. Players must complete the circuit training exercises in this order as fast as possible.
1st exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st and 2nd exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st, 2nd and 3rd exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st, 2nd, 3rd and forth exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th exercise, sprint 20 metres and back
21 sets in total (15-20 reps per exercise)
Circuit training routines don’t have to be dull and boring, just don’t be scared to add in fun fitness games, you should be doing all you can to make sure you write out the best circuit training routine that you can.
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Practice these circuit training routines and add in your own bits that fit in with your style of training. Be imaginative, the examples I have given don’t need to be set in stone, toy about with them and see if you can make them In to something better.