Anyone that’s even gone to an organized gym class that is advertised as something that will ’tone you up and get into shape fast’ has probably done circuit training without even knowing it.
Circuit training is a type of workout that makes you give it your all exercise after exercise until you absolutely cannot move anymore. How’s that possible? Well, typically, circuit training makes you do the exercises that engage different muscle groups at a time, so that by the time you go back to squats after doing tricep dips, you feel relaxed, even though you haven’t had one break.
That’s precisely what makes this type of training so effective – you’re always under muscle tension and spending calories, and because there’s usually no need for extensive breaks, circuit training is pretty short – 20 or 30 minutes at most.
Sometimes it’s even possible to blend HIIT with circuit training, simply by implementing workout intervals into a workout, keeping the circular way of doing the exercises; this allows you to go for longer and possibly do one or even two circuity more than you would without any rest period.
MetaPWR™ is the Metafit twist on weighted circuit training. Let's take a look at some of the great benefits.
1. Beat the Boredom
MetaPWR is a great way to mix up your routine and workout boredom – and we all experience that from time to time. Suddenly, all the equipment you used to love seems too boring and the weights are too heavy to think about, let alone lift. MetaPWR will shake up your stale routine by implementing exercises you never knew existed, making you do the movements you never got the chance to do. This will send a signal to your brain saying 'hey, something different’s going on here!“ (this is pure science, don’t question it) and you’ll find yourself getting that post-workout high and workout euphoria all over again.
2. Save Time
Unless you really like working out for hours (no judgement here), chances are you’d like to finish up the workout fast and leave. Because it’s so demanding and fun, the time will fly when you do MetaPWR and you’ll be on your way in no time. Don’t worry about not getting enough exercise – if there’s anything that Metafit has taught us, it’s that shorter doesn’t always mean less effective. MetaPWR is hard, and if you put in 100% of your effort into each and every exercise, you don’t have t worry about not doing enough for your body.
3. Perfect Blend of Cardio and Strength Training
Why do an hour of weightlifting, followed by half an hour on an elliptical, when you can put the two together in one circuit training workout? In MetaPWR you’ll take turns slamming ropes, doing push-ups, squatting with kettlebells and so on. You'll get the best of both worlds; go ahead and take it!
4. Your Metabolism Will Thank You
MetaPWR has the same effect on calories as high-intensity interval training – it torches them. By doing this 30-minute workout, you’ll burn more calories than by doing moderate-intensity endurance cardio for an hour. Sweet, right? Not only that, but MetaPWR leads to something called the ’afterburn effect’, which means that you’ll continue to burn calories faster even after the workout’s over, due to driving your metabolism into beast mode.
5. Introduce New Fitness Tools
Every exercise routine needs some freshening up, and what better way to achieve that than to incorporate new tools into your short workout? Improvise with kettlebells, battle ropes, slam balls, power bags, sleds and much more. Each new tool will engage your muscle groups in a different way than before!
Are There Any Downsides?
The real danger when doing circuit training lies in the possibility of injury. Because a lot of people are compelled to finish the circuit, they might go beyond their current abilities and end up hurting themselves, especially if they don’t keep the correct form during the last circuit. T