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Circuit training typically means performing a series of exercises or activities in succession as rapidly as possible.[1] This allows one to accomplish more in a shorter amount of time, and due to the minimization of rest periods, more calories are burned. An example of a circuit might be completing a set of pushups, followed by a set of squats, then a set of pullups. All sets that comprise a single circuit are called rounds or cycles. Circuit training is the preferred method of training for such methods as CrossFit and Fatal Fitness.

Example Circuit[]

"Quarter Gone Bad"[2]

Five rounds for total reps of:
135 pound Thruster, 15 seconds
Rest 45 Seconds
50 pound Weighted pull-up, 15 seconds
Rest 45 Seconds
Burpees, 15 seconds
Rest 45 seconds

In the example WOD above, completion of the thrusters, weighted pull-ups, and burpees, along with all the prescribed rest periods, would constitute one round. According to the instructions, the workout is done once 5 rounds have been completed.

See Also[]


  1. Michaels, Jillian (2007), p.152.
  2. CrossFit, 080413