At times, this is a huge topic of discussion. Some folks hate doing a circuit 3 or 4 times because it mentally is just too hard to think that far ahead. They might prefer doing a “list format,” where they go down a list one time and are done.
We have many variations on this “list” format. For example, the Over the Hill workout has you increase repetitions as you move along exercises down the list, but then you have to reverse the order. NOTE: A great tip for turning your “list” format workout into an HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) workout is to do 2 or 3 exercises in a row with high intensity. Then rest. Then do a few more quickly and with high intensity. Then rest. And so on.
Other formats utilize a number of circuits, usually 2 to 4. You do circuit #1 as many times as suggested, then move onto circuit #2, etc.
We have some other interesting formats such as the various “power of ten” or “power of 20″ workouts. In those you typically have to do 10 or 20 repetitions of a specific exercise after each of many other exercises in a list.
We have a link for the Deck of Cards workout. The Luck of the Draw is unique, where you draw exercises out of a hat. Rapid Fire and HIIT workouts are a slight twist on things as well. Check out our At Home, At the Gym, or Beginner workout pages for many other ideas.
Our At Home pages has some interesting workouts for a local track or that involve running. Don’t forget our Urban or Rural Runs. The list goes on. For me, I need the variety. I know for a fact many of you are here at Kemme Fitness for that exact reason.
If you have been doing some of these, please let us know which formats are your favorite. Are there any you would like to see more of? We would love to hear from you – just leave a comment on this post or on the Facebook link.