June 07 , 2011
So the sun is trying desperately to come out but it seems that it’s having a hard time. There has been more rain this spring than any other in the history of this beautiful city we live in. This kind of weather typically brings out the grumpy in people.
The lack of sun however hasn’t stopped our small but growing community of fitness fanatics from Coquitlam and Port Moody in getting their sweat on in our Eagle Ridge Outdoor Circuit Class. The idea of the circuit class stemmed from one of our good friends Marj (follow her on Twitter! @marjv) who has a daughter attending Eagle Ridge Elementary School. She thought it’d be a great idea to set up an outdoor circuit for the parents after they drop the kids off at school. I thought it was a great idea! I wanted to make it affordable too so that people in the community would want to come and get fit. After we conducted our first class, people finally had something to tell their friends about. Numbers have been growing ever since and everyone’s been enjoying themselves (after they catch their breath of course).
For those of you who don’t know what circuit training is, it’s series of “stations” where you would perform an exercise, typically for a determined set amount of time (e.g. 60 seconds or 30 seconds of work). The longer the set, the more you can pace. The shorter the set (e.g. 20 seconds of work) means you have to go as hard as you possibly can until the time expires. Each time duration has its training purpose but I’ll always mix it up. Once the time expires you move to the next station. The whole circuit is designed to work your entire body.
I usually bring a big bag of equipment for the classes but you can totally do circuit training with no equipment and no gym.
Try this one out: Perform each exercise in succession for 30 seconds at a quick pace, resting only at the end of the last exercise (i.e. rest after #6) for 30 seconds. Repeat 2 more times for a total of 3 sets. See if you can maintain at least the same amount of reps for each exercise you did in the previous sets.
1) pushups… 2) mountain climbers… 3) full burpees… 4) full sit ups… 5) full squats while holding your hands above your head… 6) jumping jacks
Click here for the location of our circuit.
Check out some action shots from last week!