What is Met Con & why we do it

What is Met Con?

Metabolic conditioning or “metcon”, describes short bouts of higher-intensity training designed to increase metabolic demand and increase energy usage.

All About Metabolism: The Three Energy Systems

A chemical called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) fuels every cell in your body with the energy that cell needs. To get ATP, your body relies on three energy systems: the phosphagen, glycolytic and oxidative system.

During the first 10 seconds of any activity: the phosphagen system is responsible for supplying the body with ATP for quick, high-intensity exercises.

Once you push past the 10-second mark, your glycolytic system starts to takeover to supply ATP for activities such as holding a plank and longer sprints that last up to a few minutes in duration. This system also then needs some time to recover.

You oxidative (aka aerobic) system takes over when glycolytic system tires out, powering you through longer duration activities.

All three processes for keep your body moving. It’s important to remember that no one system is ever doing all of the work. Rather, they’re all working at any given moment — some are just doing more of the work than are others.

Metabolic conditioning is any form of exercise that increases the efficiency of any energy system.

How do Met Con sessions work?

Met Con sessions typically follow one of these formats:

  • HIIT (high-intensity interval training) alternating between periods of all-out effort and lower-intensity rest
  • Circuit Training: alternating between various forms of exercises

The aim of a Met Con session is to achieve and sustain a high level of effort over a short time frame with as little rest as possible, in order to condition the body to be more energy efficient and fitter over time.

How does Metcon burn body fat?

Research has proven that HIIT is more effective than conventional steady state cardio workouts for promoting fat loss. Although lower intensity workouts done over extended periods can burn more calories, the total fat loss is greater during Met Con.

Met Con is great for fat burn due to:

  • Improved fat oxidation
  • Appetite reduction
  • Muscular adaptability
  • Increase in lean body mass

As energy deficit is created during the workout, it triggers an afterburn and prompts your body to continue burning calories up to 48 hours after your session!  For a strong, lean body, try Met Con workouts!

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