Metabolic Resistance Training is all the rage these days. You can find people talking about it in the gym and trainers coming up with new programs to use it left and right. So I wanted to look into it more and find out what it’s all about. Here’s what I found:
Q: What exactly is “metabolic” resistance training?
A: Metabolic resistance training, simply defined is: training with resistance that elevates your metabolism. The calories that you burn AFTER you train are what count in this type of training. The goal is to create more work for your body, restoring itself to pre-workout levels, so that you’re burning more calories for the next day and a half. A low intensity workout will burn calories during your session, but a higher-intensity workout can also increase your EPOC (excess post-exercise oxygen consumption). During this time your body is going through hormone balancing, replenishment of fuel stores, cellular repair, innervation, and anabolism. The more disruption of homeostasis you put your body though, the more oxygen its using, and the more calories it expends getting you back there.
So now the question becomes what to do, and how hard or how long to do it? To answer that, I’m going to hand you over to someone I trust a great deal. My good buddy Craig Ballantyne came up with a very versatile set of metabolic training routines.
Why do I trust him so much? Most trainers have a set of exercises that they show to everyone hoping that it will help you reach your goals. However, Craig has designed workouts of every size and shape to fit the needs of different types of people. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists, an Athletic Consultant, author of Turbulence Training, a Men’s Health magazine training expert, and a member of the Training Advisory Board for Oxygen magazine. Craig Ballantyne’s work has appeared in numerous other magazines, including Women’s Health, GQ, Maxim, National Geographic, Men’s Fitness, and Muscle and Fitness Hers. Not to mention he is just an upstanding guy.
So, if you are interested in finding out more about Metabolic Resistance Training, I highly suggest checking out his article. He will explain more about how it works and is available if you have more questions.