20 Minute Fitness – High Intensity Circuit Training
High intensity circuit training workouts are ideal when you don’t have much time but want to achieve a huge training effect. They stimulate the release of growth hormone, mobilise fat for fuel and place a large stress on the cardiovascular system – all in one short workout!
Below is a session I took my friend Dan through. He was low on motivation and only had a short period of time – I told him he could have a good session in 20 minutes with a met con style training approach, where we performed high intensity circuit training using resistance exercises.
The workout looked like this…
- Burpees with a push up, into a jumping pull up, into…
- American Kettlebell Swings, into…
- Single Arm Overhead Snatch, into…
- Jump Squats and then back to the start and repeat with a rep less.
The format is simple – complete all five exercises as a circuit. Start with 10 reps of each exercise. Once one exercise is completed, move the next exercise in the circuit.
At the end of the circuit take a 60 second rest before starting again, this time with 9 reps per exercise.
Repeat all the way down to 1 rep.
This high intensity circuit training workout fits into my ethos of keeping training simple, short and intense. A full body workout that makes sure you leave no stone unturned – all of the muscles are trained, all of the exercises are compound exercises and the programme is balanced with both push and pull exercises.
I have mentioned a few times on the blog that I believe in an approach that does contain high intensity circuit training sessions. This circuit is a perfect example of a training session that keeps the intensity up high!
If you are looking to try something new in your training, give high intensity circuit training a try!