I have started to hear a lot more about MetCon training recently, so decided it would be a good topic to tackle. MetCon became popular amongst the cross training community, but is now becoming the norm amongst a number of gym goers. In this article we’re going to look at what MetCon is all about.
MetCon is simply an abbreviation for metabolic conditioning. It involves high intensity workouts completed in a short amount of time. The idea is that by working out with at a high intensity you will work your cardiovascular system hard, increase your metabolism and as a consequence burn fat.
Shorts bouts of high intensity exercise require a lot of energy and your body needs to get this energy from somewhere. In this case, the energy source is fat.
MetCon workouts will be based around HIIT (high intensity interval training), made up of short periods of intense exercise followed by short periods of rest or a circuit training format, with a number of exercises performed back to back with short rest periods.
MetCon can be a great way of finishing your workouts. Performing 5-10 minutes of resistance training can have a positive impact on fat burning. The exercise you do does not matter too much. The main thing is that you keep the intensity you are training at high. If you want to see significant results then it is recommended to perform MetCon at least 3 times a week.
To make a workout MetCon it has to require maximum sustained effort and have short rest intervals. As mentioned above, resistance training can be a great way of doing MetCon, but other activities such as running, rowing and swimming can all be turned into MetCon style workouts.
Why Does MetCon Work?
High intensity workouts cause your body’s metabolism to rise and during this time your body will burn calories for energy. It is also a highly efficient method of training, allowing you to burn a high number of calories in a short period of time, making it ideal if you only have time to do a short workout.
There is also evidence to suggest that performing MetCon can improve your body’s aerobic (with oxygen) and anaerobic (without oxygen) capacity, meaning you can produce more energy.
Should You Be Doing MetCon?
MetCon is seen as a more effective way of instigating fat loss than performing steady state cardio. When performed correctly it burns calories during and even after your workout. It is also a great way to build lean muscle giving your body a toned and athletic look.