Circuit Workout For Beginners

Oh hellllllo!

Recently I’ve been kind of bored with my gym workouts. Even running. I’m not sure what the heck is up, because HELLO- I love running. I love sweating. I love blasting Taylor Swift at 6:30 am and spinning like it’s my job. I do.

Just  not lately. I’ve been sort of… over it.

I think that’s inevitable, though. I mean, there are probably other people out there who would disagree with me and say they’ve never been “over” running/biking/stairmastering.  In the midst of whining about this to other friends/bloggers, though, a couple of folks recommended trying more circuit style/strength workouts. Sort of similar to CrossFit routines I tried out back in August (to refresh your memory, I didn’t move forward with CrossFit beyond the initial 2-week intro session because of the cost).

One of my favorite bloggers, Julie, posts frequently about her love for circuit workouts, which inspired me to finally give them a shot in my own gym! I took a peek at some of her circuit workouts to get the gist of what a “circuit” even entails. Most were a bit too intense for me since I’m sort of just starting out on the circuit scene. I mean, I’m a pure cardio kind of girl, and have always winged it with my strength workouts in the past….and apparently it’s kind of hard to bust out ten push-ups even when you’re capable of running 5 miles with ease. Hmmph.

I played around with some different moves tweaked some other workouts I’ve learned.

Beginner Circuit Workout

Those of you in a similar running/cardio slump: I dedicate this workout to you!

Pair the above with about 30 minutes of cardio, either before or after, and then you’re done! The circuit itself only took me around 20 minutes to finish.

I actually found it pretty fun to complete! Is that weird to admit? Personally, I prefer to do cardio first, to really wake up. It’s like my first cup of coffee……….. only sweaty (<– weirdest analogy I’ve ever made). The past few times I’ve given this workout a go, I rode the stationary bike to get started; You could also do some incline walking or elliptical.

And that’s that! Clases (yoga, spinning, zumba if that’s your thang, etc.) are also really helpful for getting out of a rut. Running will be there later. 😉


How do you guys feel about circuit style workouts? Let me know if you give the above a try! 

6 Comments on Circuit Workout For Beginners

  1. Lisa T
    December 14, 2012 at 10:26 AM (5 years ago)

    LOVE IT. I’m so trying this on Sunday. 🙂

  2. Valerie
    December 14, 2012 at 11:42 AM (5 years ago)

    sweaty coffee is my favorite type 😉

  3. Julie
    December 19, 2012 at 2:10 PM (5 years ago)

    Circuit workouts are my jam! I feel like they’re generally faster and more effective than long cardio ones…but that might just be my terror of running talking. And hey, muscle burns calories all day long, right? I feel great about that 🙂

    • joelle
      December 19, 2012 at 6:57 PM (5 years ago)

      I’ve always been a slow and steady cardio kinda girl, but agreed- these do feel more effective!

  4. Rebecca @ CakeinaCrockPot
    December 19, 2012 at 4:12 PM (5 years ago)

    I love circuit workouts. I have been doing them more lately since I got injured during my last half marathon and now can’t run more than 3 miles at a time. I will definitely add this workout to the mix! And by the way I read your post about your grandfather and your father. I’m so sorry you’re going through that 🙁 I hope your father gets well soon.

    • joelle
      December 19, 2012 at 6:58 PM (5 years ago)

      Thanks for the well wishes- i’ll pass them along to my dad. 🙂


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