Most people have a very busy lifestyle where exercise can take a back seat to roles such as Mother, Father, Wife, Husband, Provider, Friend, Employee, Boss, Coach, Student, and so on down the line.
Life is busy, there are not enough hours in a day, and things come up… Fine.
But when we do find time in-between bathing the dog who had way too much fun with the neighborhood boys and trying to get across town to visit the in-laws, we need to make sure we are getting enough return on our time investment in ourselves.
Now there are a lot of people who want to better themselves physically but just don’t have the know how to do so. Pin up those ears because here is your answer! Circuit Training!! When you think about working out what comes to mind? Exercise machines, runners, muscular individuals sitting on a bench doing single arm curls with the weight between their legs? Yeah that sounds about right. Well it is not the answer folks.
The main reason that you are probably wanting to exercise is one of a few. You are looking to shed the calories that you guilt-fully ate today, you are looking to improve the way you look, or you want to be able to be a little more active in the sense that you can do more before you get tired i.e. taking the kids on a hike or even carrying in the groceries. So sitting on a bench doing curls is not going to accomplish any of the things on the list that I mentioned but Circuit Training will!
The first thing that you have to be willing to do is sweat! When I ask people what they do for exercise the answer is usually something like well I’ll go to the gym and do a few different machines here and a few sit-ups and jog on the treadmill while watching something on the TV because it’s really boring. Wrong answer! Here is what you need to do to be successful with your goals. The model is as follows:
– Cardio exercise for 5 minutes
– Weight bearing exercise 1
– Weight bearing exercise 2
– Body weight exercise 1
– Body weight exercise 2
AND REPEAT for a given time. Let’s say 60 minutes. Ready GO!
You should move from one exercise to the other without resting and then head back onto your cardio exercise immediately following the second body weight exercise. What we are looking for is continuous output for the entire 60 minutes. The more you sweat the more calories you are going to burn! This type of activity will also relate more to what you do outside of exercising whether that be running around the yard with your kids, picking them up and tossing them onto the trampoline or just up in the air. At one point or another you will start to dread the word “again” but if you have kept up on your circuit routine it may just be a little more bearable.
The big excuses I hear are I don’t belong to a gym, I don’t feel comfortable at a gym, or I don’t have time to go to the gym… Who said you need a gym to exercise? Walk around little Johnny’s soccer practice stopping on the corners to do body weight squats, push-ups, lunges, sit-ups, and burpees.
Find a park bench that you can do step-ups, bench dips, and modified push-ups on. If you really want to get serious without a gym go purchase a few exercise bands from the local sports store that you can loop around the swing set pole on the playground. You are in eye shot of your child who is out in this beautiful world getting fresh air and away from the technologies that are decreasing activity levels and imaginations in kids everywhere while you my friend are able to invest in yourself and improve your lifestyle and the relationships you have with others as a result of having more energy to expend in the form of love and service of others.
Get a sweat on!!~ Trainer, Jason Pye
Jason has a passion for people and feels that this life is all about progression whether that be physical, mental, or spiritual. Jason has been an athlete his entire life with the pinnacle of his athletic career being the 5 years he spent playing for the United States Men’s National Rugby Teams along side co-worker Mike Palefau. Jason now coaches rugby at his alma mater, University of Utah leading the team to the first ever collegiate 7’s national championship.
Jason uses all of the exercises that he has performed during his athletic career and his passion for coaching and people to create exciting exercises that will be sure to keep you engaged and motivated during your time with Premier Fitness Camp, a world class weight loss camp and fitness retreat.