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How Does Circuit Training Improve Muscular Endurance?

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author image Adam Cloe
Adam Cloe has been published in various scientific journals, including the "Journal of Biochemistry." He is currently a pathology resident at the University of Chicago. Cloe holds a Bachelor of Arts in biochemistry from Boston University, a M.D. from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. in pathology from the University of Chicago.
How Does Circuit Training Improve Muscular Endurance?
Pushups and other exercises can be combined into a circuit-training regimen. Photo Credit Fuse/Fuse/Getty Images

Circuit training involves workouts in which you do multiple different strength-training exercises in a row, with a minimal break in between. These exercises help build muscles, and quickly transitioning from one to the next keeps your heart rate high. In addition to providing a cardiovascular workout, circuit training can also help increase your muscle endurance.

Benefits

One of the first circuit-training regimens had participants perform 15 to 18 repetitions of 10 different exercises, such as inclined situps, arm curls and leg presses, with 15 seconds of rest in between. This type of workout works well for building muscle endurance because programs designed to improve muscle endurance often call for exercise sets of 12 to 25 repetitions. The idea is that doing more repetitions at a lower weight will help build up slow-twitch muscle fibers, which help increase the endurance of muscles. Circuit training has the added benefit of keeping your heart rate high, improving your overall endurance.

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