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circuit trainingWhen you are challenged to fit in exercise among endless other obligations, every minute of each workout counts, so you need the best ROI. That’s one reason that HIIT is super popular, because it is designed to have you working hard and fast for a relatively short amount of time, recovering and repeating. Then you’re done.

Another option for ultra-efficient routines is the CROSS CiRCUIT program on Octane Fitness home and commercial elliptical trainers. This smart circuit training regimen combines cardio work on the elliptical with intervals of strength training exercises performed next to the machine. While it can be performed as HIIT, it doesn’t have to be. A steady-state pace on the cardio and strength segments of the workout still results in a productive, effective session.

And you benefit from both cardio and strength in one packed format. Performing both cardio and strength together helps ensure that you will complete each consistently. Both are important for optimal fitness, each has different effects on the body and combining them in interval training ultimately can lead to better conditioning and results.

Benefits of Circuit Training:


  • Stronger heart and lungs
  • Greater bone density
  • Better control of blood sugar
  • Improved cholesterol profile
  • Increased energy
  • Enhanced sleep
  • Better moods
  • Stronger immunity

Strength Training

  • Greater muscular strength and endurance
  • Improved body mechanics
  • Better bone health and mobility
  • Faster metabolism
  • Leaner appearance
  • Weight management

Circuit Training Made Simple

To get started, CROSS CiRCUIT is as simple as pushing a few buttons on the console. You can set the duration of the cardio and strength intervals, as well as your strength training focus, such as total-body, core, upper-body, etc. You also can choose your own exercises. Follow the console as you get going, as it issues auditory and visual prompts for each interval, guiding you when to switch from cardio to strength, and back again.

With CROSS CiRCUIT, you enjoy maximum variety. Octane home ellipticals (Q47xi, Q37xi) are equipped with Powerbands, along with multiple anchor points for the bands on the base of the machine to facilitate numerous exercises, such as chest press, row and lateral raise. Commercial units with the CROSS CiRCUIT Kit include PowerBlock adjustable dumbbells, which are easily adjusted from four to 32 pounds each.

For even more versatility, the optional CROSS CiRCUIT Kit for home ellipticals includes two side steps, which let you take your legs out of the action and isolate your upper body, along with three additional sets of Powerbands to vary resistance for different exercises or to add challenge as you progress. Incorporate greater variety into workouts with additional accessories, including barbells, kettlebells, medicine balls, stability balls and more for strength and core work.

If you prefer a pre-programmed CROSS CiRCUIT regimen, simply take advantage of the free Octane Fitness app on your smartphone or tablet. With the app, select from various CROSS CiRCUIT routines, including Major Muscles, Chest & Back, Legs & Butt and more than 35 regimens.

To keep you on track, the app includes interactive videos that demonstrate proper form for more than 225 strength training and flexibility exercises. Plus, you can access even more CROSS CiRCUIT routines with app updates.

The new app is currently available for iOS and Octane’s home models, and versions that are compatible with Octane’s commercial equipment and Android devices are in development.

The beauty of CROSS CiRCUIT is that workout options are virtually infinite, based on your creativity, which adds motivation and can stimulate better results.