Imagine the scene…
You walk into a gym for the first time and see lines of cardio machines – people exercising while talking on their mobiles, watching TV or even having a conversation with the person next to them. All the while ensuring that they stay in the “fat burning zone”.
Then you notice the guy tucked away in the corner of the gym with his headphones on, huffing, puffing and sweating away to the point of exhaustion. He’s doing press-ups, burpees, squat jumps, swinging a kettlebell, lifting a set of Dumbbells, and at first glance there would appear to be no rhyme or reason to this maniac’s workout. All you know is that it looks a bit odd, and far from what you are used to seeing. But you can’t look away; just what the heck is he doing???
The big question you need to ask is…why so many people who are training in the “fat burning zone” for endless hours are still carrying excess fat, while this guy in the corner most likely looks lean, strong and athletic?
Well this guy is doing a form of training called “Metabolic Conditioning,” and he definitely has a plan. His goals are quite simple; to get the most bang for his buck and create the ever important “afterburn” effect in his metabolism. This afterburn effect will ensure that he is burning calories at an accelerated rate long after his workout his over. He also gets all these benefits in a fraction of the time of the people on the rows of cardio machines.
I know that this probably sounds too good to be true, but I promise you that it isn’t. But as I tell my clients, there is a price to pay for success, and please do not confuse short with easy, because his type of training is designed to be short AND intense.
Unfortunately, many people still believe that this form of exercise is just for athletes and the genetically gifted. But that couldn’t be further from the truth as Metabolic Conditioning can be adapted for all levels of abilities. Intensity is very subjective, and a highly skilled trainer can prescribe effective workouts for all abilities helping them to achieve their goals.
Check out this workout that is suitable for all abilities, though if you are very deconditioned then you may need to reduce the repetitions of each exercise and/or reduce the amount of time you are working. Make a note of how many rounds you complete and each week try and do a bit more.
If you’d like to see how I can help you get into great shape and reclaim your inner athlete, then contact me today to book your free no-obligation consultation. Committed to your fitness Paul Golding