High Intensity Circuit Training - HICT - is not a new concept, but it is increasing in attractiveness because of its effectiveness and practicality for a time-constrained civilization.
The mixture of aerobic and resistance training in a high-intensity, limited-rest design can deliver several health benefits in much less time than traditional programs. When body weight is used as resistance, it eliminates the limiting factors of access to equipment and facilities. In simple terms, think push-ups, pull-ups, planks and so forth.
HICT can be a quick and efficient way to lose excess body weight and body fat. The built-in resistance training contributes significantly to the quantity of fat burned during a workout. Research has found that these metabolic benefits can be present for up to 72 hours after a high-intensity exercise bout has been completed.
There also may be a greater impact on subcutaneous fat loss with high-intensity intermittent circuit-style resistance training routines than with traditional steady state sustained-effort aerobic work or traditional resistance training. This is thought to be from the increased level of catecholamines and growth hormone found in the blood both during and after high-intensity resistance training exercise with shortened rest periods (<30 seconds).
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