Interval Training | Circuit Training | What is the Difference?

Interval vs. Circuit trainingInterval and circuit training are easily confused, and understandably so.  They are both methods of working out that are slightly different from the norm, and it’s easy to get the intention of the two confused.  But there are key differences between the two types of workouts, and it’s important to understand what they are.Interval training is a workout that is broken up into a period of activity and a period of rest.  Basically, an exercise is done at a high intensity and is immediately followed by a period of rest, after which the exercise is done again.  A good example of interval training would be running hard for a minute, then jogging for another minute before running hard again.  Interval training is typically used to increase cardiovascular endurance and anabolic threshold.Circuit training, however, is essentially doing a series of exercises one after the other.  Once the series is completed, you do the exercises again.  An example of this would be doing twenty reps of pushups, pull-ups, squats and sit-ups, then repeating the exercises for another circuit.  This is in contrast to more traditional exercising, which would have you do all of the prescribed pushups in the workout, followed by all of the prescribed pull-ups, followed by squats, and so on.  Circuit training is generally used to increase strength.Circuit training and interval training are two important aspects of exercise that can be utilized to spice up workouts, improve strength or speed, and give someone a nice change of pace.The Art of Personal Training by Kisar Dhillon107 SE Washington StreetSuite 137Portland, Oregon 97214503-953-0241