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PREPARE WITH A SHORT CIRCUIT

CIRCUIT TRAINING DOESN’T NEED TO BE COMPLICATED OR TIME-CONSUMING. OLYMPIC FINALIST EILISH McCOLGAN GIVES HER TAKE ON A SIMPLE STRENGTH SESSION YOU CAN DO AT HOME WITH MINIMAL EQUIPMENT

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CIRCUIT training is essential if you want to progress as an athlete. Not everyone has access to a gym or hours to devote to it every evening and the good news is that a simple circuit requiring only an exercise ball is more than adequate for most of us.

The following circuit is extremely basic, but it’s what I’ve been doing all year as part of my rehabilitation from injury and in preparation for this summer’s Rio Olympics.

Eilish McColgan: says circuit training was a key to her preparation for reaching the Rio 5000m final
MARK SHEARMAN

I know it works. Because it is so low-level, it can be done much more frequently than a hardcore circuit and throughout the racing season. As you get stronger, weights or medicine balls can be added for increased resistance.

This format is perfect for beginners and athletes coming back from injury, as well as those with limited facilities or time. There is no real recovery time between the repetitions – move from one exercise to the next.

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