Circuit Training For Beginners


Circuit training is a high intensity form of exercise that mixes body conditioning and resistance training with high intensity aerobics. The aim of a circuit training class is to build both strength and muscular endurance as well as improving cardiovascular health.

"It’s a great all-rounder class that is a perfect introduction to the world of fitness!" (Mark, Edinburgh Circuit Training instructor)

A “circuit” consists on a series of different exercises performed at “stations”, moving from one exercise to the next before returning to the first station and beginning again. The time spent on each exercise station is traditionally quite short, with either a set amount of repetitions to be performed, or a set amount of time to stay on the station.


A circuit typically includes up to 10 exercises that alternate targeting different muscle groups and different areas of the body. As a result, little or no rest time is required between stations, maximising your workout. It’s a great way to tone up and shed body fat. You can burn over 500 calories in a single class!

"Exercises are quick and easy to learn and with no set routines, so it’s the perfect class for beginners." (Aberdeen Circuit Training fan, Sue)

Typical exercises that may you may find in a circuit class include:

  • Burpees
  • Squat thrusts
  • Press-ups
  • Sit-ups
  • Bench dips
  • Shuttle runs
  • Skipping
  • Squat Jumps
  • Wall sits
  • Jumping Jacks
  • Plank
  • Russian twists
  • Crunches

A circuit class may also use gym kit such as kettle bells, free weights and medicine balls at different stations which can keep routines fresh and exciting and introduce you to new exercises and techniques as well as working an increased number of muscle groups.


Circuit exercises can usually be adapted depending on ability and the intensity required, so this class is suitable for all abilities, making it a great choice for beginners. 

The endless combinations of exercises keeps classes fresh, fun and exciting. Circuit training workouts can be designed to suit your mood or to help reach a particular workout goal. Plus, classes can be as short as 30 minutes which means it’s an ideal way to squeeze in a full body workout when you are short on time.

Working out alongside others, and seeing who can complete the most reps, can introduce some healthy competition to your circuit training class- keeping you motivated and encouraging you to push yourself further in your workout!

As our circuit training class is high intensity, expect to work up a sweat! You will want to bring a gym towel with you to and also a bottle of water to ensure you stay hydrated.

Book your circuit training class online via the Member's Area, or view the timetable at your club. 


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