Sample Circuit Training Workout for Aging Members at Your Gym

Don't let your aging members fall back on the same routine every time they come to your gym. Give them a circuit training workout that will continue to challenge them!

Are you looking for a circuit training workout that will challenge some of your members? Do you want this workout to include exercises that can be easily modified for members at different fitness levels? Then you need to see this circuit designed by Mountain Life Fitness, LLC featured in our best practice e-book Healthy Aging.

Even though we featured this circuit in Healthy Aging, this workout is for everyone. For instance, it’s a great workout for a person who has finished physical therapy and is ready to include group exercise into their routine.

So without further ado, let’s take a look at the format of the circuit. There are 14 stations, and participants spend 75 seconds at each station. If it’s a cardio station, the entire 75 seconds is spent performing the designated move. If it is a non-cardio station, participants spend 30 seconds performing the move on one side, 15 seconds resting or transition to the other side, and 30 seconds performing the move on the opposite side.

This 14-station circuit includes five cardio stations that target:

  • improved cardiovascular endurance
  • coordination
  • cognition improvement
  • balance
  • stability

The remaining nine non-cardio stations concentrate on:

  • muscular strength
  • muscular endurance
  • core stability
  • power

To incorporate the workout below into your group class, you could think about it as being four rounds.

Round 1

Perform each of the 14 stations

Round 2

Perform stations three through five once more

Round 3

Put the equipment away and as a group perform two to three different exercises that offsets what the below circuit does not cover

Round 4

Abdominal/core training to cool down followed by myofascial release and stretching to complete the class.

If you’re interested in learning more about how to help your members as they age, download the Healthy Aging e-book, free for all IHRSA members.