What is Circuit Training and How Does It Make Me Fit?

You don’t need a gym with fancy equipment to get fit. Circuit training offers a fantastic way to get into shape and lose weight – whether you’re working out in one of my bootcamp classes or doing exercises by yourself at home!

Let me start by explaining what the term ‘circuit training’ means. When you do short sets of exercise with weights or other forms of resistance, and frequent repetitions, followed by another set focused on a different muscle group, that’s circuit training! Circuit training doesn’t normally involve rest periods because you’re working different muscle groups in quick succession, so one muscle group can rest while you work on another group.

The benefits of circuit training to improve fitness or assist with weight loss are great because you are combining strength training and cardio into the SAME workout. Since you are not completely resting when you switch from exercising one muscle group to another, your heart rate remains high. Circuit training will help you burn fat and build muscle at the same time, so you can achieve your strength and weight loss goals!

Some common circuit training exercises include the following:

  • Push Ups
  • Jump Squats
  • Pull Ups or Lat Pull Downs
  • Step Ups (optional: with dumbbells)
  • Bent Dumbbell Row
  • Mountain Climbers
  • Single Leg Dead Lifts
  • Dumbbell Chest Press
  • Burpees


Perform each exercise for 30 seconds.  Move from one exercise to the next without rest.  Perform 3-5 rounds.  I promise, you will be in a full sweat.

You can learn how to do these and many other circuit training exercises in my bootcamp and fitness classes. Learn more about my boot camp on my website. I’m here to help you get fit and healthy with a circuit training and group exercise plan!