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20 Minute Fitness – High Intensity Circuit Training

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…

  1. Burpees with a push up, into a jumping pull up, into…
  2. American Kettlebell Swings, into…
  3. Single Arm Overhead Snatch, into…
  4. Jump Squats and then back to the start and repeat with a rep less.

20 minutes to fitness, chin ups, pull ups, high intensity circuit training

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.

20 Minutes to fitness, kettlebells, swings, high intensity circuit training

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.

Overhead Snatch, Kettlebell, 20 minutes to fitness, high intensity circuit training

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!

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