Exercise is a pleasurable activity for both would-be athletes and recovering pyromaniacs desperate enough to settle for burning calories. Fuel fitness regimens with today’s Groupon to Circuit Works in Brentwood and Venice Beach. Choose between the following options:
• For $60, new clients get 10 interval-workout classes (a $260 value).
• For $30, new clients get five interval-workout classes (a $130 value).
Circuit Works builds muscles and demolishes flab with a series of high-intensity interval routines led by a team of super-sculpted, certified instructors. Combining aerobic cardiovascular training and anaerobic resistance exercises into one rotating regimen, body buffs target both fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers, confusing the body until it accidentally fails its chemistry exam and loses excess weight. Coaches craft 60-minute classes out of 30- to 60-second interval bricks, building muscle-flexing schedules at both the Brentwood and Venice locations. The routines rotate through a shifting series of weight-training stations, resistance equipment, a treadmill and sometimes a stationary bike. Novitiate strongmen and women work at their own pace, slowly building the level of fitness necessary to don a leotard and ride a tandem bicycle.
Circuit Works' more than 10 trainers subscribe to the Zig-Zag theory, which states that to get in shape, one must rotate quickly between engaging fast-twitch and slow-twitch muscle fibers. The nationally certified, acclaimed instructors teach fast-paced circuit-training exercises that alternate between aerobic and anaerobic exercises in minute-long intervals. These engage both kinds of twitches and are a step up from the more ancient method of covering someone in bugs, then covering them fewer bugs. The staff changes exercise routines weekly, fending off not only mental boredom, but the plateaus that can arrest physical progress.