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How can I work circuit training into gymnastics conditioning?

Circuit training is a great way to work both a cardiovascular and strength training session into a short timeframe.  For most gymnasts, putting on a lot of muscle during a weight training session is not the goal. Strength will be gained through exercise progressions and routines.  Gymnasts need to improve conditioning, but do not need to spend a lot of time running or on cardiovascular equipment. Circuit training is a good way to get the desired strength while continuing to build cardiovascular fitness.  Circuits should have a good balance of both the legs and upper body. The upper-body exercises should focus on the larger muscle groups with exercises that will keep you in good form. The leg exercises are more for power to help with short sprints needed to create speed quickly. The circuit should be short with limited rest and high repetitions. Using medicine balls, exercise bands, and dumbbells allows you to be creative in the exercises while enabling you to quickly move from one exercise to the next.

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