Intro To Home Exercise Programs and Circuit Training

Fact: exercise is good for you.

I could spend pages explaining why, but that’s not the purpose of this website. If you’re reading this it’s because you’re looking to start a healthier life using home exercise programs.

I realized as I got older and busier that exercising takes time, I had less and less of it every day (or so it seemed), and it was more important than ever to exercise and stay in shape.

So I decided to build a home exercise program that fit into my weekly schedule. If you randomly go to the gym or workout here and there, it’s easy to miss a few and stop going completely. But if you design a simple home exercise program that fits into your busy schedule, you’ll find a way to get them done (if you’re committed enough).

I never liked spending more than 45 minutes in the gym at a time (ideally, 25-35), so I looked into other options.

What Is Circuit Training?

For those who haven’t heard of circuit training, don’t panic because I’m going to keep this simple. Circuit training comes down to picking a few exercises (usually 4-8), doing each exercise one after another, and then taking a break before starting them all over again (also called a “set”).

Here’s an example to help you understand exercises, repetitions and sets.

  • Choose 5 exercises (pushups, sit-ups, etc.)
  • Set 1: Do each exercise 10 times (this is called 10 repetitions, or “reps”), one after another (10 pushups, then 10 sit-ups, etc.)
  • 3 minute break
  • Set 2: Do 10 reps of each exercise again (10 pushups, then 10 sit-ups, etc.)
  • 3 minute break
  • Set 3: Do 10 reps of each exercise again (10 pushups, then ten sit-ups, etc.)
  • Pop champaigne

I wouldn’t recommend the last step unless it’s your very first home workout and you really want to celebrate!

That’s a bare bone example of circuit training just to get an idea of what an exercise, rep and set is. There is a ton of information out there about the benefits of circuit training, but the main reasons circuit training appealed to me were:

  • It’s very time efficient (you’re doing a bunch of exercises very quickly without much downtime)
  • It’s easy to plan (just pick a handful of exercises)
  • It’s extremely flexible (substitute any exercises you want, change the # of sets/reps, etc.)
  • You build muscle AND get a cardio workout all in one (you’re doing strength exercises while moving between exercises quickly so your heart rate is up almost the whole time)

If you won’t take my word for it, just Google “circuit training benefits” and read away! Not every one of your home workouts has to be circuit training, but a majority on this site will be because of the advantages mentioned above.

Your Home Exercise Program

Now you understand the type of home workouts I recommend – quick, easy and flexible ones. Before we jump into specific home workouts you can start today, you should assess your experience level and goals to finalize your home exercise program.

Answer these questions:

  1. What kind of shape are you in?
  2. How much exercise experience do you have?
  3. What time of the day works best for a home workout?
  4. How many times a week can/will you realistically workout?

Write these out or answer them in your head – having an idea of where you stand will help you decide which home workout programs to start and how/when to schedule your home workout plan into your calendar

If you’re brand new to this stuff, just keep things simple by following the next Get Started article. If you’re more experienced, feel free to get creative and try new things – just make sure to be safe and let me know how it goes!

Get Started

A great way to answer the questions above is to try the Beginner Workout Without Equipment and see how it goes. I dare you to get started today!

And as mentioned before, the best way to workout effectively is to actually put them in your calendar and do them. So when you’re ready, head on over to the Beginner Workout Without Equipment.