EZ Total Body Circuit Training

D Sharon Pruitt

Need a doable (and quick) exercise routine? Us too – so we found this quick work out circuit from Fitness Magazine to add to our fall exercise regime. According to researchers at the American College of Sports Medicine: For minimum health gains, do moderately intense cardio (hard enough to break a sweat) for at least 30 minutes (step it up to an hour if you wanted to loose weight), five days a week, plus total-body strength training twice weekly. The cardio is easy – getting motivated for the strength training (unless you have a P90x video) can be daunting.

Good news: Here’s a simple (we tried it, and it is) total-body circuit-training routine from Joe Dowdell, co-owner of Peak Performance NYC, is perfect for days when you feel pressed for time. Do each exercise for about one minute; complete the circuit two or three times.

  • Squat (15 to 20 reps)
  • Lunge (15 reps per side)
  • Push-up (10 to 15 reps)
  • Bridge (15 to 20 reps)
  • Plank pose (hold 30 to 60 seconds)
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