3 Nov 2010

WORKOUT ROUTINES - Build Muscle Fast With Circuit Training

If you're looking to build muscle as quickly as possible, there is no doubt you've read up on a lot of different programs out there designed to build muscle.

There is the five by five program, which delivers top notch strength results, there is an upper-lower body split program, which is good for long term hypertrophy, then there are circuit training programs, which are great when you want to look bigger fast.

Muscle Pumps

The thing with circuit training is that it will essentially fill your muscles with blood, making them seem that much larger.

If you want to look more muscular instantly, circuit training is a good way to do this. You'll get a build-up of lactic acid (why you feel a 'burn' when you're doing circuit training), and this lactic acid will take a while to be completely cleared from the muscle cell.

Until it is, it'll appear as though you have bigger muscles.


Now, one thing to keep in mind with circuit training is that this muscle pump is not going to last forever. This type of program is best for those who have some type of event coming up that they want to look muscular for.

A week after the workout, you'll most likely be pretty much looking like your usual self.

That's not to say there isn't long-term benefits from incorporating circuit training into your workouts once in a while - there is, just that it isn't a type of program you should be doing everyday, all the time.

Better is to just do it a week before that occasion where you want to appear muscular, and then do it maybe once every four weeks for a couple of sessions otherwise.

How-To Do Circuit Training

So, to set up a circuit training program, you'll want to choose 5-6 different exercises that will work the main muscle groups in the body. Typical examples include squats, deadlifts, lunges, bench press, military/shoulder press, rows, pull-ups, lat pull-downs, and so on.

After you've selected the movements, you'll complete one set of one exercise and then move right to the next with as little rest as possible.

Once that's finished, move again to the next and complete your way through until each exercise has been performed for a single set.

At that point, then you can take a short break, but limit it to about a minute or two.

Complete this workout routines for three to four total cycles and call it a day.

Note that due to the reduced rest you will be doing, chances are you will be lowering the weight quite a bit, but don't worry, that's supposed to happen. If you attempted to keep the same intensity, you'd just tire out after a single cycle and the goal wouldn't be reached.

So, next time you want to get as big as possible as quickly as possible, give circuit training a try.

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