Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Circuit Training in Cambridge - CrossTrain Style

Having a personal fitness training session does not always suit everyone’s needs. Training with fellow comrades who are also looking to achieve similar objectives can be inspiring and a great motivation, especially when you are having thoughts of skipping your training. It was for this reason that I developed CrossTrain Circuits, replicating all the effort and collective energy of a boot camp session, but with enhanced results through structured training, rather than relying on participants running their hearts out with a few body weight movements thrown in.

Varied exercises keep the challenge high and boredom away.
CrossTrain Circuits objective is to increase your work capacity leading to significant fat loss.  Circuit training involves taking a group of exercises and performing them one after the other with limited to no rest.

This type of training is extremely demanding! Not only does it bring into play a fair amount of muscular strength and endurance but it creates tremendous systemic fatigue, which some people have termed metabolic conditioning or met-con, for short. But I have structured sessions to enable beginners to participate along with seasoned fitness fanatics.

Circuit training is fantastic for team building and camaraderie. As lighter weights are involved, people mistakenly assume circuit training doesn’t build strength and lean muscle, but I choose the most “bang for buck” movements ensuring your metabolism is still burning calories many hours after the class has finished. Traditional cardio exercise fails, which is why many fall short on their fat loss quest.

Circuit training is not new. It was developed in the 1940’s by Dr. Arthur Steinhaus, when he dubbed it Peripheral Heart Action (PHA).

Train to your own level of fitness.
One reason this training is highly effective is because using lighter loads, there’s less risk of injury.  BUT...do not interpret that lighter loading means easier!  While the joints and connective tissues are less stressed, the cardiovascular and systemic fatigue is pronounced.  In other words, you get an incredible systemic whooping.  PHA is also ideal for those who don’t care for standard cardio training for whatever time or boredom factors.

As past experience has shown, CrossTrain Circuits develops tremendous levels of fitness.  Further (if coupled with a reasonable diet) one can maintain low levels of body fat.  Coupled with a reducing diet, one can smoke the fat right off all the right places.

So you see, CrossTrain Circuit Training offers many benefits:

  • Strength
  • Muscular endurance
  • Cardiovascular conditioning
  • Respiratory conditioning (you’ll be huffing like a fire engine)
  • Increased work capacity
  • Increased pain tolerance
  • Nullifies the need for an extra cardio program


My circuit training classes in Cambridge and surrounding areas will be available in the New Year to give you a boost to burning your holiday excess poundage. I also provide this service privately to small groups enabling you to experience the benefits of this form of training at a convenient time and location for a very reasonable investment.

Coach Ben Bsc, CSCS, NSCA-CPT