Circuit Training: What is it? Why do it?

What is circuit training?

Circuit training involves performing a series of strength training exercises with less than the normal amount of rest. The rest between sets is purposefully not enough for complete recovery.

There are many ways to design a circuit. You could pick ten exercises and do one set of each with no rest. You could go several times through a circuit with no rest. You could do a series of exercises with work intervals and rest intervals. Circuits can be intense and as short as 12 minutes or they can be as long as an hour. The variable [read more…]


No, I am not doing Crossfit!

Ok people let’s clear this up. Crossfit did not invent high intensity intervals, circuit training, or kettle bell swings. Crossfit did invent a highly successful brand and franchise. So successful in fact, that the last two times Brian and I have done circuit training someone has asked if we are doing Crossfit.

Wednesday I put Brian through the circuit I’ve been using which we repeated five times. When one of Brian’s friends asked “is that Crossfit?” He said, “Yea, I think that’s where she got it from.” I was livid. I would prefer for people to assume that [read more…]

Strength Training

Tim Morrill teaches the basics: Volume vs Intensity

The winter issue of the USA Ultimate Magazine will be hitting your mailboxes sometime this week.

In part four of Above the Competition I had a blast presenting readers with some basic concepts in weight training.

One very simple concept that I introduce in the article is the inverse relationship between volume and intensity.

As athletes and coaches, it is essential that you understand this concept.

Below are some examples and videos to put the concept into perspective.


Volume = Quantity = The amount of work performed

Take this example:

On Monday I performed the [read more…]

Training Principles

Motivation Malfunction

Let’s say you decide you want to become a handler on your college team. You know you need to be a better thrower to achieve this goal. Fortunately, you’ve learned that goals are supposed to be “SMART” (Specific, Measurable, Acheivable, Relevent, and Time-based). You’ve also learned that large goals are supposed to be broken down into smaller ones. So you set a measurable process goal of throwing for an hour a day five days a week. Following the advice of 10 minute toughness, you promise yourself a reward for following through on your practice plans. How about a new pair [read more…]