circuit training is awesome, even dinosaurs love it

This circuit coaching information is gonna provide you with EVERYTHING you should do your first kickass circuit coaching exercise at the moment.

Plus, I imply come on, it has dinosaurs in it.

These exercises are much like the customized applications we construct for our On-line Teaching Purchasers who work out at residence, on the highway, and in outer area.

Okay, FINE we don’t have any purchasers in area (but). However we do have purchasers in Antarctica, and a number of aerospace engineers. Shut sufficient?

Should you’re hoping circuit coaching will maximize your leads to a minimal period of time, one of many 15 circuits under will do the trick:

Let’s soar proper in.

What’s Circuit Coaching?

As Coach Lauren mentions above, the “circuit” in circuit coaching comes from the truth that you do a sequence of workout routines again to again to again, and then you definately repeat the sequence.

After which once more.

You cycle by the deliberate sequence of workout routines, or circuit, a number of instances.

That’s circuit coaching.

Usually, you hit every main muscle group throughout one full circuit. You might do a decrease physique for one train. Then the higher physique the subsequent.

You’ll discover all kinds of various circuit coaching sequences. Listed below are some issues most may have in widespread:

  • A number of totally different workout routines. A standard circuit may have 5 to 10 totally different actions per circuit. You’ll usually hear these known as “stations.” Overhead press station, squat station, and many others.
  • Little to no relaxation in between. The purpose of circuit coaching is to maintain your coronary heart fee up. Ideally, if you happen to’re bodily in a position, you go from one train to a different with out stopping. Possibly you relaxation after the entire circuit. Possibly.
  • Rinse and repeat. Usually, you’ll run by your circuit a number of instances. Three rounds are widespread.

Make sense?

The Tick is stoked you are putting on weight, muscle or fat, it means our strategy is working.

The purpose right here is to work totally different elements of your physique with totally different workout routines, after which whereas these elements are recovering, you’re working in your different actions! This helps construct cardiovascular well being, whereas additionally enhancing muscular endurance and power.

Plus you’ll burn energy!

As we lay out in our article, Cardio vs Interval Coaching vs. Weight Coaching, analysis helps that doing power coaching circuits is nice for weight reduction and general well being.

Extra importantly, for any individual with restricted time, doing a power coaching circuit is simpler at constructing power and burning fats than an equal quantity of cardio.

In different phrases, if you’re making an attempt to drop pounds, you ought to be doing circuit coaching.

Our Newbie Body weight Circuit can be a fantastic place to start, and you may obtain a worksheet that can assist you get began proper right here:

Why Ought to I do circuit coaching?

This runner definitely has a strong core!

Usually, you’ll hear train divided into power coaching or cardio train (cardio).

What’s the distinction, you surprise?

  • Power coaching. Power coaching can be known as anaerobic train, which might be a brief burst of vitality for motion. Consider a push-up or pull-up. These workout routines assist construct and tone muscle.
  • Cardio Train. “Cardio” means “wants oxygen.” Your coronary heart fee will increase to get oxygen the place your physique wants it, thus the phrase “cardio.” Working, biking, or leaping jacks can be examples of cardio train.

The factor a few circuit is, you truly do each classes. Presses and lunges fall into power coaching. Leaping jacks are cardio.

And because you aren’t stopping a lot in between stations, you’ll want extra oxygen, and voila. Much more cardio.

With circuit coaching, you construct muscle and burn fats WHILE constructing stamina.

As Michael Scott would say, “that’s a win, win, win.”

circuit training is a win win win

There’s some debate on what sort of train is best for weight reduction: cardio or anaerobic.

My ideas?

Should you’re restricted on time and solely can decide one, I might decide power coaching: if you power prepare, you break your muscle mass down, and your physique must work additional arduous over the subsequent 24-48 hours to rebuild these muscle mass (with elevated energy burned).

We work with our 1-on-1 Teaching Purchasers to create applications that mix each power and cardio in a enjoyable method – it actually comes right down to a program that you simply truly WANT to do.

Earlier than and after your circuit coaching: Heat up and stretch

Some stretching a rubber band

Regardless of which circuit you decide, I would like you to begin with one vital factor:


I cowl why you must all the time heat up in an article discovered proper right here. It doesn’t should be a lot although, give it about 5 minutes to get your muscle mass energetic and your coronary heart fee up.

This can enable you do workout routines correctly and assist forestall harm. You may run in place, do air punches and kicks, or some leaping jacks.

Right here is NF Senior Coach Staci (you may know her unimaginable story) exhibiting you a lot newbie choices you need to use to heat up as properly:

Did I simply let you know to arrange for circuit coaching, with a circuit?!

Sure, sure I did.

Should you’re curious, right here’s my private (superior) warm-up:


  • Soar rope: 2-3 minutes 
  • Leaping jacks: 25 reps
  • Body weight squats: 20 reps
  • Lunges: 5 reps every leg.
  • Hip extensions: 10 reps either side
  • Hip rotations: 5 every leg
  • Ahead leg swings: 10 every leg
  • Facet leg swings: 10 every leg
  • Push-ups: 10-20 reps
  • Spider-man steps: 10 reps

Our purpose isn’t to tire you out. As a substitute, we need to heat you up.

That’s the 1st step.

Finishing your chosen circuit coaching routine can be step two.

Under, you’ll discover 15 exercises you possibly can comply with together with! And if you happen to like our fashion of exercises, you may like our new app, Nerd Health Journey!

Our enjoyable habit-building app helps you train extra often, eat more healthy, and degree up your life (actually).

Proper now, you possibly can strive it for free for a full week (no bank card required). Soar in under:

Newbie Body weight Exercise Circuit

This exercise circuit, as we lay out in our Newbie Body weight Exercise article, is as follows:

  • Body weight squats: 20 reps
  • Push-ups: 10 reps
  • Strolling lunges – 10 every leg
  • Dumbbell rows (utilizing a gallon milk jug or one other weight): 10 every arm.
  • Plank: 15 seconds
  • Leaping jacks: 30 reps

Run by this circuit thrice. Should you don’t have milk in the home for the rows, discover one thing of roughly the identical weight with a very good deal with.

We additionally turned this exercise right into a enjoyable infographic with superheroes, as a result of that’s how we roll:

An infographic of the Beginner Bodyweight Workout

If you wish to obtain this Newbie Body weight Exercise as a worksheet, you are able to do so if you join within the field under:

Superior Body weight Workouts Circuit

If the newbie circuit above is just too simple for you, transfer on to our Superior Body weight Exercise Circuit. The exercise seems like this:

  • One-legged squats – 10 either side [warning super-difficult, only attempt if you’re in good enough shape]
  • Body weight squats: 20 reps
  • Strolling lunges: 20 reps (10 every leg)
  • Soar step-ups: 20 reps (10 every leg)
  • Pull-ups: 10 reps [or inverted bodyweight rows]
  • Dips (between bar stools): 10 reps
  • Chin-ups: 10 reps [or inverted bodyweight rows with underhand grip]
  • Push-ups: 10 reps
  • Plank: 30 seconds

I warn you, the above circuit will harm… in a great way. You have to be proud if you may get by this thrice.

Playground Exercise Circuit

Do you have got a close-by playground? Why not work on the market!?! When you have youngsters, you are able to do it collectively. Or allow them to ignore you.

I’ll provide you with a Stage One exercise, and a Stage Two. Try the most important playground article for some Stage Three workout routines.

Stage One:

  • Alternating step-ups: 20 reps (10 every leg)
  • Elevated push-ups: 10 reps
  • Swing rows: 10 reps
  • Assisted lunges: 8 reps every leg
  • Bent leg reverse crunches: 10 reps

Stage Two:

  • Bench jumps: 10 reps
  • Decrease incline push-ups: 10 reps
  • Physique rows: 10 reps
  • Lunges: 8 reps every leg
  • Straight leg reverse crunches: 10 reps

After you’ve gone by an entire set thrice, go down the slide!

Kettlebell Exercise Circuit

Have a kettlebell mendacity round? Use it for a circuit!

Right here’s our kettlebell exercise full write-up, however you too can simply watch the video and see the exercise right here:

  • Halos: 8 reps (either side)
  • Goblet squats: 10 reps
  • Overhead presses: 8 reps (either side)
  • Kettlebell swings: 15 reps
  • Bent Over Rows: 8 reps (either side)
  • Entrance rack reverse lunge: 6 reps (per facet)

When you’ve achieved the above thrice, go forward and put your kettlebell away in your ultimate step: stretches.

If you’d like a kettlebell worksheet for this exercise, seize one by signing up within the field under:

We even have a enjoyable new journey in our app that may permit you to prepare along with your kettlebell proper alongside Hack Morris (it will make sense extra sense when begin).

Soar in proper now in your free trial:

Newbie Health club Circuit Coaching

use free weights and to do circuit trainingWhen you have entry to a fitness center, you have got plenty of circuit choices.

If it’s your first time stepping foot in a health facility, take a look at our Newbie’s Information to the Health club. The fitness center generally is a scary place, however we’ll provide you with a technique to get comfortable.

We’ll additionally stroll you thru every motion for each Days A and B under. I might advocate selecting one in all our 5 Newbie Health club Exercises, going by the leveled progressions, and dealing your method as much as the circuits under:



  • Barbell Romanian deadlifts/common deadlifts: 10 reps
  • Push-ups: 10 reps
  • Dumbbell rows: 10 reps per arm

Alternate your circuits on totally different days. Relaxation in between. “Day A” might be Monday. Relaxation Tuesday. Wednesday might be “Day B.”

We LOVE serving to individuals get began within the fitness center, as we’re enormous followers of barbell coaching and serving to novices construct confidence with weight coaching! If that sounds such as you…

Plus, you possibly can obtain our full Power 101 information too, which has this routine together with different circuits that can assist you begin constructing power at the moment:

The Lodge Exercise Circuit: For Vacationers that Prepare

Is there anyway to work out in this hotel room?

Typically, you simply plain end up caught in a resort room. Possibly you will discover the resort fitness center, however I guess it’s horrible! It in all probability has 2 machines, a damaged treadmill, and no free weights. 


As a substitute, how about a exercise circuit you are able to do within the room itself?! Make the most of the furnishings to its full potential.

Lodge Circuit Stage 1

Lodge Circuit Stage 2

Set the alarm clock to fifteen minutes from now and see what number of circuits you are able to do!

Try our full publish on resort circuits in order for you Stage 3!

We now have a LOT of enterprise vacationers in our 1-on-1 teaching program, which is why we create exercises for each their residence fitness center and whereas touring!

Should you want worldwide accountability, exercises for residence and the highway, and need knowledgeable steering…

Nerdy Circuit Coaching Workouts

Lego minifigures standing in rows. In first row - Batman, The Jo

If these exercises above don’t tickle your fancy, now we have these different nerdy circuits you are able to do too!

The Batman Exercise Circuit

Day 1

  • Rolling squat tuck-up jumps: 5 reps
  • Facet-to-side push-ups: 5 reps
  • Modified headstand push-ups: 5 reps
  • Soar pull-up with tuck / Pull-up with Tuck-up: 5 reps
  • Handstands in opposition to wall: 8 seconds

Day 2

  • ‘180 Diploma’ soar turns: 5 reps
  • Tuck entrance lever maintain: 8 seconds
  • Tuck again lever maintain: 8 seconds
  • Low frog maintain: 8 seconds

The Lord of the Rings Exercise Circuit

try this lord of the rings circuit training workout

Superset 1: The Fellowship of the Ring

Superset 2: The Two Towers

  • Riders of ROWhan: 3 body weight rows
  • Gimli “Shall I get you a field?” jumps7 field jumps – REALLY explode
  • Helm’s Deep-Squats: 9 body weight squats – get your ass to the bottom
  • Tower of Orthanc Holds: 1 minute (Kick up in opposition to a wall and maintain a handstand for so long as you possibly can till 1 minute is full, in as few as units as doable. Try our Information to Handstands.)

Superset 3: The Return of the King

If you may get by a superset thrice, take into account your self an honorary Ranger. Nothing present in Mordor can faze you.

The 300 Exercise Circuit

do the 300 circuit training workout to get strong like King Leonidas

The under circuit isn’t any joke. Then once more, neither had been the Spartans.

  • Pull-ups: 25 reps
  • Deadlifts with 135lbs: 50 reps
  • Push-ups: 50 reps
  • ‘24-inch’ Field jumps: 50 reps
  • Flooring wipers: 50 reps
  • Single-arm clean-and-press with 36 lbs. kettlebell: 25 either side
  • Pull-ups: 25 reps

The above sequence is designed to be accomplished as soon as. Should you can undergo it twice, you’re able to defend Greece.

The Wolverine Exercise Circuit

  • Barbell Deadlift / Dumbbell RDL / Banded Good Morning / Common Good Morning: 10 reps
  • Drugs Ball Slam / Fast Downwards Body weight Squat: 10 reps
  • Push-up to Renegade row (push-up, row left, push-up, row proper, repeat): 5 Rows per facet
  • Transverse Lunge and Chop: 5 reps either side

What number of instances do you do that circuit? AMRAP, or, As Many Rounds As Attainable. I counsel setting a 12-minute timer and attending to work. Watch out although, as a result of solely Wolverine can heal routinely.

wolverine does workout circuits too

You’ll want precise relaxation.


There are your nerdy circuits. Be happy to rock the soundtrack of the referenced films throughout your exercise. Should you personal a cape, now’s the time.

Full Listing of Circuit Coaching Workouts

A picture of a LEGO Spider-man, who is interested in weight loss.

You are able to do any of the exercises on this article and get a fantastic exercise, however if you wish to construct your personal exercise, you possibly can completely do this too!

Here’s a record of workout routines you need to use to create your exercise.

Merely decide a number of, and do one after the opposite in as many circuits as you need!

Decide your workout routines from this record to construct your personal circuit coaching exercise, or counsel your personal for us so as to add within the feedback under!


  1. Soar rope
  2. Leaping Jacks
  3. Strolling Jacks
  4. Burpees
  5. Mountain climbers
  6. Stairs
  7. Sprints
  8. Excessive knees
  9. Working in place
  10. Rowing machine
  11. Lengthy-distance jumps
  12. Field jumps


  1. Push-ups (any variation)
  2. Handstands.


  1. Dumbbell rows
  2. Body weight rows
  3. Detrimental pull-ups or chin-ups
  4. Pull-ups or Chin-ups


  1. Body weight squats
  2. Lunges
  3. Kettlebell swings
  4. Farmer carries (carry dumbbells and stroll round)

Coach Staci showing Farmer's Walk


  1. Planks
  2. Facet planks
  3. Reverse crunches

Decide 3-5 workout routines, and prepare them as we focus on in our “Find out how to Construct Your Personal Exercise Routine.” We even have The 42 Greatest Body weight Workouts for actions that you may select from.

Do 3 circuits with 10 reps of every train, one after the opposite!

Have enjoyable and hold issues fascinating. And if you happen to don’t need to construct your personal exercise, that’s cool too! We now have 15 free exercises on this article, and we are able to additionally do all of the heavy lifting for you.

(Properly, not actually DO the heavy lifting, however what I imply.)

We create customized exercise options for busy individuals identical to you in our 1-on-1 Teaching Program. Allow us to create a exercise and enable you make higher meals selections.

It’s like having a Yoda in your pocket (once more, not actually).

Find out how to Stretch After Circuit Coaching

When you end your exercise, the ultimate step (three) can be stretching and cooling down. It doesn’t matter what circuit you undergo, stretch after a exercise. It may possibly assist so much with muscle restoration.

Scope this video for an superior stretching sequence to comply with:

You could possibly additionally do some yoga poses. For stretching, discover what feels good and take your time. Let your coronary heart fee come down when you stretch.

You could possibly even do some foam rolling too if you happen to’re a glutton for punishment!

For extra concepts on tips on how to take advantage of your stretches, take a look at The Final Information for Enhancing Flexibility in 30 Days. It has Spider-Man in it, so we aren’t messing round.

Getting Began With Circuit Coaching

want to be a superhero like these legos? do circuit training!

There are all kinds of various methods to do circuit coaching. We simply confirmed you fifteen.

YOUR MISSION: Full one of many above circuit coaching exercises! Should you don’t know which one to choose, begin with the Newbie Body weight Circuit. It’ll get you used to the concept of hustling from one train to the subsequent.

And you are able to do it in your front room!

Should you’re on the lookout for extra hands-on instruction and customised steering, take a look at our 1-on-1 Teaching program. You’ll work with our licensed NF instructors who get to know you higher than your self, after which construct a exercise program that’s particular to your actual targets.

Merely put, we let you know precisely what to do daily, and tips on how to eat. After which, we test in with you usually to be sure you’re doing it!

Should you bought this far within the article, I actually need you to strive one in all these exercises. Proper NOW. I all the time point out a very powerful step in a health journey is beginning it. Right this moment, begin circuit coaching.

As soon as accomplished, I’d love so that you can share your story with the neighborhood within the feedback:

  • How’d it go?
  • Did you get by three full circuits?
  • Which routine did you decide?

Discover a circuit you’re snug with, and do it.

Then do it subsequent week. And the next. And monitor your progress

Should you add circuit coaching to your health routine, you’ll be on a stable path for leveling up your life.


PS: I couldn’t fairly determine tips on how to use this gif, but it surely was too good to not embody.

I bet short circuit likes circuit training

If somebody creates the “Quick Circuit Exercise Circuit” you’ll be my finest pal without end.


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