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Circuit training essentially means moving quickly from one exercise to the next with minimal rest. Although there is no one specific way to circuit train, some of the most common forms alternate a strength exercise with a cardio exercise or quickly move through strength-based exercises for different muscle groups.

This form of exercise is especially great for students because you don’t need a lot of space and it can be done with minimal or no equipment. Doing a few circuits on a break between study sessions is also a great way to boost your mood and reset your brainpower.

For the following workout, all you need is a chair or elevated surface to perform the exercises. Begin by going through each of the warm-up exercises once. For the rest of the exercises, go through them one at a time with minimal to no rest in between. Perform the entire circuit one to four times.

The warm-up

The workout

The cool down

Once you’ve completed the workout, be sure to perform a few stretches to help improve mobility and prevent injury. For this workout, you’ll want to focus on gently stretching your quadriceps, hamstrings, chest, calves, and neck. Hold each stretch for 30–60 seconds while taking deep breaths in through the nose and out through the mouth.