MetCon... Explained.

What is MetCon?

MetCon is an abbreviated name for metabolic conditioning. MetCon is a structured series of exercises performed at higher intensities with rest intervals. The exercises are short in duration (less than 1-minute each) but get your heart pumping! In more specific terms, this method is designed to target your high-powered anaerobic energy system so you can burn more calories in less time.

Why should I come?

The high intensity during the session increases EPOC (excessive post-exercise consumption) and leads to a higher resting metabolism for the next few hours according to the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research. Essentially, you continue to burn calories at a higher rate 24-48 hours after your workout because you’re training as many muscles as possible. MetCon also increases your aerobic capacity to help you run that 5k or marathon or even chase after your kids or grandkids.

What does it involve?

MetCon class is a planned system of attack that allows you to go at your own pace. It involves a series of full body exercises using a variety of modalities such as plyometrics, battle ropes, medicine ball throws, and kettlebell swings. We add variety by changing interval times, rest time, sets and reps. You’re able to get your sweat on without spending excessive amounts of time on a cardio machine plus give your muscles a big energy boost! As with all training sessions at StrengthOps, we modify the exercises for your level so you get the most out of each session whether you’ve been doing this for 2 months or 2 years.

Ok! What’s next!?!

With time seeming like a resource that’s in short supply, our MetCon class is a great way to maximize your training and making efficient use of time. Come join me at 6:45 am on Wednesdays and Fridays to get your burn on for 45 minutes.

Katie Davis, Lady Ninja, ACE, SFG, SFB

Plisk, Steven Scott. “Anaerobic Metabolic Conditioning: A Brief Review of Theory, Strategy, and Practical Application.” Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research 5.1(1991).