Ok, in my last post, I talked about how the 80/20 Rule could be applied to your fitness efforts, and how it could lead to ways to lose weight fast that you could stick with for a lifetime, thus pretty much getting rid of that whole on-again, off-again situation that many people run into with their weight loss efforts.
Well, Im a big fan of circuit training and think its MASSIVELY under-utilized and misused in the fitness industry.
Done correctly, circuit training can accomplish a whole ton of different goals. But one of the things circuit training can be used for the best is weight loss.
Why is that? A few reasons actually.
#1 Circuit training just plain makes you work. Stack together big, compound movements (done the right way that is you cant just slap together any old combination of exercises and make it work) with very little overall rest, and youre working your ass off. This kinda hard work leads to burning a ton of calories, which leads to losing weight.
#2 Circuit training builds muscle. Again, done correctly, circuit training will help you build muscle, which is important to losing weight becuase muscle burns more calories at rest than fat does. This means your body will burn more calories just to sustain itself and thats when youre *not* working out.
#3 Circuit training is intense. If youve heard of interval training (which has become highly popular in recent years in the fitness industry), youll likely know one of the reasons why its so popular for burning fat is that its so intense, that it jacks up your metabolism, so that you continue to burn calories for hours after your workout is over.
Well, intense circuit training allows you to do the same exact thing, only its not nearly as hard on your nervous system as interval training is.
I could go on for a while, but I think you get the pictureput simply circuit training is kickass stuff.
BUTyou just have to know how to do it right