I was browsing the magazine section of the local bookstore and came across a good article in Men’s Health (I believe that’s the magazine it was, or one just like it - Men’s Fitness or Men’s Exercise).
It was about circuit training (using free weights and compound movements) to maximize gains in as little time as possible. The article was written by Alwyn Cosgrove, who I believe is a friend/trainer of Ian King and also knows/works with Ian King among others. So I knew that once I saw Alwyn’s name, it should be a good article. I didn’t think I would ever read a decent article in those types of magazines, but they have come a long way in the past few years (Ian King and even Coach D has been mentioned in a few).
Anyway, Alwyn isn’t the only one who has used this method to maximize gains in the shortest amount of time. CT wrote about Power Circuit training not too long ago, and others employ those methods in one fashion or another (Coach D’s Fat to Fire).
Due to my hectic schedule, I’m beginning to go toward this type of training to maximize gains in shorter amounts of time. The workouts are fast-paced, and definitely make you a bit weazy.
I know circuit training is normally frowned upon since most people think of using machines and light weights, but if you do it right, you can actually use it for strength and conditioning gains (see CT’s Power Circuit training). And it’s nice to have shorter workouts that give you more than just one component of the overall package. Just another weapon in the arsenal.