This form of circuit training is
similar to a standard weights session in that
each exercise is completed before moving on to
the next. This means that the relevant muscle
groups are worked intensively in a short period
of time rather than at intervals separated by
other exercises (as is the case with both ‘Normal
Circuits’ and ‘Total Exercise’ session).
So, in stage circuits one exercise type will
always make up one set. For example, the first
set might be press ups, where the athlete might
be given a subset of 10 press ups first followed
by 15, then maybe 20, 15 and 10. After these
are completed they move on to the next exercise
set, possibly abdominal curls where a different
set of numbers could be prescribed.
As stage circuits are not
intended to have a strong cardiovascular (or
aerobic) element, the rest before each subset
of any given exercise is dependant on how long
the last subset took. The rest will be a multiple
of the time the exercise took (e.g. 3:1 or 3 times
the length of time the exercise subset took).
This ratio is always in relation to the previous
set and counts even when moving between exercises.
Therefore, if it took 15 seconds to complete one
of the subsets, then the recovery after it would
be 45 seconds for our example.
Alternatively, the rest could be prescribed as an amount of time, eg 2 minutes.