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Creative with Circuit Training

Get Creative With Circuit Training
By Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, ACE

Basically the definition of a circuit is continuously going from one exercise to another in a circular format.

You can get creative with the circuits. For example, do a cardio circuit, a strength circuit or some combination of both.

A sample cardio circuit might include marching in place, jumping rope, shadow boxing and stepping up and down on a step.

A sample strength workout can work opposing muscle groups, i.e. quads, hams; biceps, triceps; chest, back, etc. Or you can work an upper body exercise then a lower body exercise, i.e. squats, shoulder press; lunges, lateral raise, and so on.

A cardio and strength workout would be some combination thereof. You might do a few strengthening exercises and then spend two minutes on a cardio station. Circuit training is only limited by your creativity!

Kelli Calabrese MS, CSCS, 2004 Personal Trainer of the Year - Online Training. Kelli is a 20 year fitness industry leader. She has 3 fitness related degrees and 24 Fitness, Nutrition and Lifestyle related certifications. Kelli is the former Lead Fitness Expert for eDiets and eFitness and remains a regular contributor. Kelli is the author of Feminine, Firm & Fit - Building A Lean Strong Body in 12 Weeks She has transformed thousands of bodies just like yours. She is available for phone coaching, online training, grocery shopping tours, seminars, and media opportunities. For more information go to
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