Topic Thursday: Circuit, HIIT, and Plyometrics! Oh, My!

What are all these different types of workouts? Here is a quick guide to get you started.

Circuit Training is a form of body conditioning using intense aerobics exercise. Each exercise will tend to focus on a particular muscle group. The circuit is completed when all the exercises have been completed.

HIIT (High-Intensity Interval Training) is a form of exercise where intense aerobic and cardio vascular exercises are done in intervals with short low intensity or breaks between exercises. This helps improve endurance, raise heart rate, and cardiovascular activity.

Plyometrics is also known as “jump training” is a form of exercise that uses muscles in a short interval with maximum force. These exercises are considered explosive in nature. Powerlifters and body builders use this type of exercise technique to develop larger and stronger muscles.

Calisthenics is a form of body weight training. It is intended to increase body strength, fitness, and flexibility using one’s own body weights. Sit-ups, pull-up, push-ups, and jumping are types of exercises considered to be Calisthenics.

Tabata is a form of High-Intensity Interval Training. The protocol for a true Tabata training is 20 Seconds of 100% maximum excursion with 10 Seconds of rest.

Boot Camp training incorporates various different workouts into 1 hour. Bootcamps include plyometrics, HITT, Circuit Training, Cardio, Running, and Stretching. Typically these classes are done in a group similar to a military boot camp. Many times they are organized outdoors or indoors in a CrossFit facility.

CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program focused on Olympic weightlifting, plyometrics, powerlifting, gymnastics, calisthenics, and HIIT to name a few. It is typically aimed at athletes and people looking for a competitive multi-sport. This is considered to be more of a sport than a workout style.

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