Here’s a question for you:
If you had to limit yourself to only ONE type of workout for the rest of your life, what type of workout would you choose?
My answer would definitely be “bodyweight circuits”. Why? Because in my opinion they’re the perfect mix of resistance training and interval training combined into a short, intense workout.
So what exactly are bodyweight circuits? A typical bodyweight circuit would consist of about 8 different bodyweight exercises done in an interval fashion with a little rest in between each exercise. When you’re done with the 8 intervals you would allow yourself to catch your breath for a few minutes and then start all over again. Then repeat this process for as many times as you can.
The only thing that would make me hesitant towards choosing bodyweight circuits as my workout of choice is that I’m going to have to accept the fact that I’m literally going to be torturing myself several times a week. Bodyweight circuits are HARD!
Before I started exploring the world of bodyweight circuits, the hardest type of workout I knew of was sprint intervals or HIIT. But let me tell you, even though I was in pretty decent shape and could easily pull off 10 30-second all out sprints with 30 seconds of rest in between, the first time I tried a real bodyweight circuit I was still gasping for air 10 minutes after I was done.
The reason they are so friggin’ tough is due to the fact that you’re not only putting a strain on your heart, but your muscles too, to a much higher extent than you do when you’re doing for example a sprint interval type workout.
In addition to the joys of self-torture, here are some other benefits of bodyweight circuits:
1. Can be done pretty much anywhere. All you need is your own body and about 8×8 feet of free space!
2. Require very little time. Instead of spending 45 minutes in the gym followed by a cardio session, you can kill two birds with one stone by doing a bodyweight circuit – and cut the workout time down to less than 20 minutes.
3. Safe and easy on your joints. Bodyweight workouts are a much more “functional” and safe type of workout compared to your regular gym routine.