Circuit Training Class Ideas


Circuit training is a type of exercise that focuses on strength and endurance by providing a variety of exercises. It requires stretching, cardio and muscle building exercises to complete the circuit. There are a wide variety of circuit training options available, including incorporating circuit training into classes of a variety of sizes and skill levels.

Short Repetitions

  • Short repetitions in circuit training includes strength training exercises and cardio exercises that are completed within short amounts of time. For example, the exercises for strength training might include squats, lunges and push-ups combined with jumping rope, jumping jacks or running in place for cardio. In this circuit, the individuals working on the circuit would do a specific number of jumping jacks, then five squats, five lunges and five push-ups followed by jumping rope. This can be turned into any preferred circuit training and is appropriate for a variety of fitness levels so an entire class can benefit.

Circle Circuits

  • Circle circuits are circuit training courses that are in a circle. The class moves around the circle and does a wide variety of exercises such as squats with weights at one station, jump rope at the next station, step aerobics at the following station and push-ups at the last station. The circuit trainer sets out the equipment for the exercises and gives basic instructions for the class.

Upper Body Circuit

  • An upper body circuit focuses on the upper body during the strengthening exercises and leaves out leg exercises for strength training. In this circuit, a basic cardio exercise like step aerobics or jogging in place is combined with exercises like push-ups, minor lifting of dumb bells, and resistance band arm exercises to strengthen the upper portion of the body.

Lower Body Circuit

  • A lower body circuit is a circuit designed for lower body strength training. In this circuit, a cardio exercise is combined with lower body strengthening exercises that range between basic squats and lunges to modified squats and lunges to using weights for the legs to leg lifts, step aerobics and heel lifts.

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