When you hear the word ‘’circuits’’ you instantly think of being back in high school in the hall or ‘’gym’’ doing all the good old exercises. Press ups, bench dips, burpees and the list goes on. Fast forward a few years and we can see that almost more than ever circuit orientated training is becoming extremely popular – this popularity ranges from the masses right the way up to elite athletes competing in a whole host of sports. World class MMA fighters have perhaps made this style of training ‘’theirs’’ and push the limits to such a great extent! Today you are going to learn about the reasons why you should adopt this ‘’fighter’’ training to transform into a sculpted statue!!
In a world where time is always of the essence most people simply do not have enough time or patience to go walking for hours on end – multiply that by the fact it can also be pretty boring and we have ourselves a dilemma. The best solution is to adopt this ‘’kick ass’’ style of training, how many MMA fighters do you see with body fat over 10%? Not many that is for sure!! Circuits can be done in as little as 15 minutes, 30 minutes if you are feeling like a Spartan warrior and you only need to do them 3-4 times a week as an absolute max. In comparison to conventional cardio this blows the socks of the competition, at this box at least.
There is no specific amount of calories you will or won’t burn when you exercise, however with MMA circuit training you will burn a LOT!! It wouldn’t be unusual to burn up to 1,000 calories in 20 minutes if you are pushing hard enough which explains exactly why you don’t want to be doing this every single day. There will be nothing left of you unless you are eating calories upon calories every other hour! Not only this, but this style of training promotes higher calorie expenditure POST-training for up to 24 hours. This is because it creates a large ‘’post-exercise oxygen debt’’ which the body has to replenish and by doing so uses lots of calories.
Once you have walked the same walk a handful of times you become mind numbingly bored at the prospect of doing it 7 days a week!! The beauty about MMA orientated circuits is that you can make every single workout different and you can also challenge yourself. If you managed X amount of reps on that exercise last week, you want to beat it this week. Much like weight training for hypertrophy you become excited about training and want to see what you can manage!! Being fit and healthy should be fun and using this form of cardio certainly helps on this front.
Call it what you want, circuit training, MMA training, Strong Man training (without the atlas poundages of course) – the fact remains it is a seriously fun and stimulating way to torch fat!!