Beginner Workout Principle: Circuit Training

When you first start out with your training, it's important that you spend a good amount of time simply focusing on the basics that need to be covered to ensure you're using the right form, targeting an appropriate number of muscles per workout session, and keeping the overall workout set-up as balanced as possible.

Far too many beginners jump in over their heads and either wind up overtraining or just losing interest quickly as they feel they cannot keep up with their program.  Asses your availability and commitment to a workout before choosing one to use and make sure that it's going to work with your lifestyle.

One method of workout that is a good one for beginners to get on since it's not only fast but effective is circuit training.

At this point you likely aren't going to be to focused on lifting extremely heavy weights and since that's not the point of a circuit training program, that makes it ideal for you to be on.

Here are the most important things for you to keep in mind with regards to circuit training programs.


Maintain Proper Form During Circuit Training

The first thing you should always keep in mind during circuit training is that it's essential that you maintain proper form.  Far too many people start rushing through the exercises, neglecting good form along the way.

While you definitely do want to keep the pace of this workout fast and move from movement to movement, failing to maintain good form on the exercises will mean that you don't get the benefits you're supposed to see.  In addition to this, there is also a much greater chance you end up injured, which can definitely cause a number of problems.


Utilize Rest Periods At The End of Circuit Training

Second, you also should be sure that you are utilizing good rest periods at the end of the circuit before repeating the cycle once more through.  Those who fail to take in enough rest often find they are more fatigued during the second cycle and performance suffers because of this.

Aim for at least two minutes between cycles to both catch your breath and allow the muscles to re-saturate themselves with glycogen.


Remember To Breath During Circuit Training

Third, another big mistake that people often make with circuit training is they don't take the time to breathe throughout the circuit like they should.  If you want to maintain intensity in this workout, breathing is a must. 

If you fail to get enough oxygen into the body, there will be a much greater build-up of lactic acid in the muscles, which then means you're going to be much faster to fatigue.

Regular breathing is also going to help with proper force and strength development, helping you lift more weight with each exercise that you do.


Alternate Between Upper and Lower Body Exercises

Finally, the last thing you should keep in mind if you're going to do circuit style workouts is that you are to be alternating between upper and lower body exercises.  This further helps to increase the amount of rest the muscles experience between hard working sets since as one part of the body is working, the other gets a breather to rest.

Often you may find that there are more upper body exercises to cover than lower body movements just due to the volume of individual upper body muscles, so align the circuit so you have two upper body exercises and then one lower body exercise, continuing along in this fashion.

Circuit training is a great way for beginners to break into their workout program and start noticing some significant results taking place.  Just do be sure you take the time to learn how to perform each individual exercise correctly before proceeding to complete the workouts to make sure you are aiming to prevent injury and see good results.