Quick, intense and extremely effective, a high intensity circuit training (HICT) workout boosts metabolism, fights weight gain and tones muscles all in a matter of minutes. HICT along with high intensity interval training (HIIT) such as Tabata workouts have become increasingly popular due to their short time commitment, but long-lasting results.
As made popular by a New York Times article, the 7-minute workout from the Human Performance Institute (HPI) pushes every muscle group with constant movement in a circuit-like routine. During the course of the workout, you complete 12 exercises using only body weight, a chair and a wall.
Though one complete circuit is only 7 minutes, HPI recommends repeating the workout two to three times for a total workout time of closer to 20 minutes, which will provide more benefits.
What To Do:
For maximum results, the 12 exercises should be performed for 30 seconds in succession, with a 10 second break in between each move.
- Jumping jacks
- Wall sits
- Abdominal crunches
- Step-up onto chair
- Triceps dip on chair
- High knees in place
- Push-up and rotation
- Side planks
The 7-minute workout is a great alternative to when you can’t make it to the gym. But for the days you are able to get there, save on your gym membership with Healthy Blue Xtras.
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