Circuit training in Oxford
For many years, circuit training has been a staple part of winter training of the local rowing clubs. As a professional rowing coach, I have been running these circuit sessions for some time. Over the last few seasons, the sessions have been adapted to be suitable for any aspiring athlete and for anyone else seeking to have some regular group-based form of activity.
The weekly sessions are now attended by people with a broad range of interests. The rowers are still attending in numbers – although in the summer, many of them are out on the water in the evenings. Other athletes and attendees include students, parents (both with and without their children in tow), keep fit enthusiasts and a broad spectrum of people from other sports who find the circuits both suitable and beneficial for their own needs. The ages of attendees vary from around 15yrs to 65yrs.
The style of training is to follow a series of about 30 exercises (stations) in a circuit around a gym. The period of each exercise is short – of the order of one minute – before moving quickly onto the next station. By changing the focus of each successive station from one part of the body to another (arms, then legs, then tummy, then back etc), you can work much harder in bursts than you could sustain by any other consistent activity. Most stations may be done at different grades of complexity and intensity to allow people of varying abilities and fitnesses to do them effectively.
The winter schedule starts at the beginning of October. We are running 2 sessions every Wednesday evening at least until the clocks move forward at the end of March. The first session starts with a warm-up at 5.30pm sharp before starting the circuits themselves at 5.40pm. There will be two full circuits of around 30 stations (50secs work with 10secs to change station), making a full 60mins of exercise in all. A second session will start on completion of the first at 6.40pm. Usually there is a stretch down for the first session led by one of the coaches attending with the CORC junior squad. For the second session, after clearing away, I lead a stretch down myself. We disperse around 8pm.
The Saints Mary and John Primary School is based on Meadow Lane OX4 1TJ (not the Hertford St campus). Access by car is via Bedford St. Free parking is available.
The cost is "Pay as you Go" and the charge is only £3 per session. You are requested to bring a towel to show respect to your fellow trainers. There are changing rooms at the school but no faciltites for showering etc.
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