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Fit Fridays: The basics of circuit training


LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) -- Summer is coming, and that means it's time to get in shape. 

Personal trainer Randy Erickson, of the Snap Fitness-La Crosse Village, said he recommends hitting the gym in "circuit" routines. 

Circuits involve stringing together a number of different lifts and cardiovascular exercises back to back. Rest is very minimal until each circuit is completed. But Erickson said, even between circuits, rest should be no more than two minutes. 

"Circuits are great for keeping the heart rate elevated," Erickson said. "You're getting the cardio benefits as well as strength training benefits at the same time." 


Erickson added while circuit training can be grueling, beginners should not shy away from giving it a try. 

"Everybody can do circuit training," he said. "The key is to find exercises at the right intensity for you."

"It's not easy to do. You've got to really get after it," Erickson said. "It can be uncomfortable at times, but you need to push through it in order to get the results you're looking for." 

Erickson said a circuit routine for beginners should include workouts no more than three days per week. He added those new to working out might benefit from using a personal trainer

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