Since the beginning of all fitness related activities, circuit training has been at the forefront of how we have participated.
Bootcamp, HIIT, trademarked gym franchises, military fitness, body transformation gurus and never forget the multi station gender biased fit rooms. It's all circuit training, redefined, repackaged, realigned, repeated.
There's a reason for this. Circuit training is one of the most all rounded methods to link all our skillsets and conditioning into one effective workout that everyone can try. Every exercise can be regressed or progressed for an individual within a mass group. Circuit training is the bread and butter container. It is the very thing that moulds how the bread and butter turn out.
A positive group training environment will always leave you feeling empowered in what you have accomplished that day. Everyone will have walked away with a way of describing the experience differently. One individual may have out pressed everyone else and yet fallen over several times during an exercise that requires balance and coordination. The key with any long term engagement of circuit training formats is that is not overly formatted. Otherwise it narrows down the field who it relates to (unless stated of course). Circuit training will present new challenges, frequently, whilst always visiting the foundation exercises that demonstrate strong foundations are maintained.
20 years on from my time in the Marines, I have presented thousands of hours of circuit training to 1-1 and group clients. The Madmules keep coming back because " we never repeat a session". If everyone who turns up has a common specific goal then the session would align itself with that. This is what happens at H.I.L.L on a Monday night. Everyone has desire to run better for longer and faster. So the circuit is defined by this objective. This does not happen at the PARK i.T sessions. The common goal here is that everyone's time is precious and this hour is to help inspire positive lifestyle choices during the other 163. Whether that is grabbing the fresh air, topping up on the heart raiser, complimenting their own specific physical interesting other areas of training and exercise.
The format to achieve positive outcomes at a Madmule circuit session is K.I.S.S
Keep it simple stupid.
Within every session we have jumped, thrown, pressed, pulled, lifted, coordinated, balanced, reached, rotated in different directions, learned a new skill or refreshed an old one. We will have communicated to our bodies that all is well and had a firm reminder to keep moving to ensure it stays well. There is always laughter, always the chance of rain and everyone feeling better when finished. ALWAYS.
Whatever format of circuit training you are involved in, keep the frequency up, always feel challenged, know that competence in the basics is second to none and never shy from asking for a regression or progression of intensity or complexity for a given exercise.
To experience keeping it simple, get out and do.
Moving. Outdoors. It's which came first. The great nutrition or the effort to go and get great nutrition. Well, the madmule way is we have to move to get our food. Then the reward of eating afterwards. I'm not talking about fasting. It's just that at some point we all had to get off our butts and earn to go and get food. At some point it was no longer provided for us. So the first step is to remind ourselves that this is the case. The fitter we remain, the more likely we will be able to provide food to keep the cycle going. So, #1 on my list is to move. Move outdoors for at least 20 minutes everyday and place stress on the body. The rewards are only experienced by doing this frequently and the food choices will help to keep the string of movement consistent. then the two will blend in and support each other. Strip it back. get moving. get some fresh air.