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I was walking along the boardwalk in Shoreham-by-Sea last week, and it felt like I was in the Mediterranean. People were swimming, paddle boarding, and having BBQs.
As I approached beach green, I noticed two outdoor circuit classes. I watched for a bit and saw how much fun the class had whilst working their socks off and getting some Vitamin D.
It reminded me that the best group exercise session you can do has to be circuit training. It just so happens it is the oldest form of group exercise too.
The ancient Greeks trained their warriors using a form of circuit training, and it has been used ever since for militaries all over the world. It wasn’t until 1953 that it was given the name Circuit Training!
Because it works.
Circuit training is a method of training where you perform different exercises in succession with minimal rest. It is also my favourite group exercise class to teach and take part in.
It’s great for clients, and it is excellent for us trainers.
Although knowing the history of circuit training isn’t necessarily going to make you a better instructor, in our experience, clients love to ask us those little questions that challenge our general fitness knowledge from time to time. Here’s a little bit about the recent history of circuit training so you can show off your expertise 😜.
It is widely accredited to R.E. Morgan and G.T. Anderson in 1953 at the University of Leeds. Their design allowed participants to work at their own pace when training with others. They created a format that included the following:
Each station would focus on any of the following
You don’t have to use circuit training just for groups. It is an excellent workout for your one-to-one clients too. Check out this simple example in the video below.
If you want to learn more about planning and delivering fun and effective circuit training classes, jump onto our circuit training instruction workshop.