Death of Circuit Training

Posted by Nigel Jeal | Posted in Articles, Cardio, Fitness | Posted on 15-06-2011-05-2008

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When it comes to weight loss, are you thinking of doing killer workouts
that will make you ill and risk injuring yourself in order to get the results
fast or are you looking for a smarter safe intense workout that will transform your
body and your life?  Yes, I thought so, but is circuit training really dead…?

On Saturday morning at my local YMCA, I watched two guys do “vomit
inducing conditioning workouts”.  I call them “vomit-inducing”
because I wanted to vomit from watching their form. 

One guy was doing explosive reverse curls (meant to be hang cleans)
while another did flippity flop DB snatches followed by one of the
worst planks I’ve ever witnessed. 

Injure your rotator cuffs and lower back much, boys?

And this is why we are going to see the Death of Hard-core Circuit
Training in the next few years. Between the injuries and the
vomiting, these home-made hard-core trainers are making a mockery
of serious, professional personal trainers.

I mean, listen, I’ve watched two 15-year old boys make each other
puke at the gym, but would you want THEM to be your trainer? 

Of course not.

You want results. That’s all that matters. You don’t want to – or
need to – vomit when you exercise. And you don’t want to be injured
all the time either. Or am I just that out of touch with what the
cool kids are doing these days? 

I don’t know…maybe it’s just the grizzled ol’ veteran trainer in me
that gets frustrated with the way things are in the fitness industry. 

After all, I’ve been through…

“The Endless Amount of Cardio Phase”

“The Situps and Crunches Phase”

“The Dangerous Standing on the Stability Ball Phase”

and now

“The Do Circuit Training Until Your Puke With No Regard to Form Phase”.

But this too shall pass.

Of course, it won’t disappear overnight, but you and I will still
be here when these “hard-core” trainers shiftily disappear and
fly-by-night after their clients come in with sore backs, cricks in
their necks, and ruined rotators. 

You see, they don’t understand that it’s not about destroying clients.

Just the opposite.

It’s about TRANSFORMING clients. About making them better people.
Challenging them to change their bodies and their lives. And yes,
working through physical challenges is a part of that, but not at
the expense of their overall health and safety. 

After all, there’s no point in being able to do a “killer workout”
if it puts you on the disabled list for 6 weeks or makes you vomit
up that $4 protein shake and $5 chicken breast. Sounds a little
counter- productive to me. 

Listen, there will always be room for tough workouts, for trainers
to take their clients to their limits, but only when done safely
and under the guidelines of proven scientific research and years of
experience. 

In fact, I spent an hour this weekend going through an article on
Metabolic Finishers that Certified Turbulence Trainer Mike
Whitfield submitted for a new TT program for our members. 

Now THAT is how you should do advanced, intense workouts.

Thank goodness for trainers like Mike, and I’ll be sharing some of
these workouts with 91,500 TT readers very soon. 

But those home-made hard-core trainers and their circuit death
workouts “finished at all costs” are not going to last. 

And that’s a good thing.

That will leave more room for our Turbulence Training 1 Million
Mission of helping 1 Million Men and Women transform their bodies
and their lives. 

More room for you and I to make a difference and leave a legacy
that remains long after we’re working out in the old trainers home
down in Florida.

So I’m calling a peak in the market. The bubble is bursting. The
stock of hard-core circuit training is going down, and will be
replaced – starting today – with better solutions, by trainers who
care about results, not locker room boasting of how many people
vomited in their class today. 

It’s time to change the way the fitness industry thinks about
exercise. It’s time to move away from sacrificing form and function
and shift back to what matters – helping you transform and redesign
your body so that you get the results you want. 

Not the results that some hard-core, sadistic, home-made trainer
wants.

Circuit training is dead. Long live smart training.

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To your safety and success,
Craig Ballantyne, CSCS, MS

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