PSP offers free fitness classes Monday to Thursday.
I tested each one out so you know what to expect.
Circuit training is the activity of the day on Thursdays for PSP’s Noon Fitness. This is the one I was most intimidated by. I didn’t know what to expect, or whether I could handle it. How would I keep up with the fitness level of active military members? Fitness and Sport instructor, Brandon Gaudette was quick to reassure me that the workout would be doable despite being one of my first times back at the gym after a long hiatus.
Despite my fears, I surprised myself by having the most fun with this class! Was I perfect at everything? No. Did I take a few unsanctioned rests during the rounds? Yes. But I still got a great workout and had a good time.
5 benefits of circuit training
- Time efficient full-body workout
- Improves muscular endurance
- Increases strength and muscle growth
- Improves heart health
- Burns calories and promotes a healthy body composition
Specific exercises vary from week to week, but the formula remains largely the same—35 second sets for each station, with a 25 second rest between exercises and repeated three times. Exercise stations included a mix of equipment and bodyweight exercises: sled push, air bike, inverted rows, push ups, plank shoulder taps, and dumbbell reverse lunges or goblet squats. Listen for the timed beeps that tell you when to start and when to rest.
What to bring
- Running shoes
- Plenty of water
- Sweat band or small towel
- This was by far the hardest of all the Noon Fitness classes, working muscles and cardio together.
- It went by FAST. Before I knew it, we were done! Great music helped to keep up with the demanding pace.
- Before we started, Brandon demonstrated the correct technique for each exercise, including modifications for simplified versions.
- With two people at each station, there was more socializing than other Noon Fitness classes, and I got to know a few people.
- Though this felt more like an independent workout, Brandon did circulate to correct form as needed and encouraged people to push harder as needed. When I started to drag, this made a big difference. I know I worked harder than I would have on my own.
- Soreness level: I was sore for a few days, mostly in muscles that I don’t normally use.
Circuit training is HARD. WORK. But surprisingly enjoyable. The 45 minutes did a lot, and I’ll definitely be back.
Noon Fitness schedule
12:00 – 12:45 p.m.
- Monday – pilates/core
- Tuesday – indoor cycling
- Wednesday – yoga
- Thursday – circuit training
Register at the Buell Gym front desk to try it yourself!
By: Emily Nakeff, Editor