So you have heard about the wonders of circuit training and have decided to do it. How does one go about it? There are certain gyms that specialize in circuit training such as 360 Fitness Club. Other gyms like Fitness First offer personal training programs using circuit training. I myself started on circuit training by attending free classes at our office gym. There seems to be limited opportunities, however, for those who cannot afford gym subscriptions or personal training. Don’t fret. In this age of smartphones and other gadgets, there are a lot of apps you can use just for this purpose.
When I discovered NTC, I was so excited with the idea of doing circuit training on my own. Signing up to Nike Training Club is like getting your own personal trainer, anytime, anywhere. In addition to more than 100 custom-built workouts, NTC also offers extra workouts from personal trainers of famous celebrities. You can also unlock training programs of professional athletes who endorse Nike; from runners to tennis players, soccer players, gymnasts, surfers, etc. etc.
How it works
- Download the app and register with NTC.
- Select your goal and level, then choose from a list of workouts that meet your criteria. Your goal choices are “Get Lean”, “Get Toned”, “Get Strong”, or “Get Focused”. You can either choose beginner, intermediate or advanced level. There are a lot of full body workouts that last 30 to 45 minutes. I personally like the “Get Focused” goal since it provides me with a choice of 15-minute workouts to target specific areas. I normally use the “Better Butt”, “Butt Buster”, “Ab Burner”, and “Core Crunch” workouts (guess what my problem areas are).
- Once you have chosen your workout, the app will provide you with detailed, step-by-step instructions for each drill. What I love about this app is that there are video demonstrations to show you how the drill is supposed to be accomplished. The drills are multi-dimensional, multi-directional that build on the fundamentals of strength, cardio, interval, and core training. Love ’em.
- After your workout, you can review a summary of your training including calories burned and more. You also earn rewards and you can share results with your friends.
The NTC is jus an example of tools that can jumpstart your journey to fitness through circuit training. I haven’t tried other apps, although my friend Jigs recommends Fitsar -freestye. I’ll try this out and let you know what I think of it in my future blogs.