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Metabolic Conditioning Vs High Intensity Interval Training

Hope you're all pumped up and ready for some real talk about some fitness. So, you've probably heard the terms Metcon and HIIT being thrown around like medicine balls lately, right? Well, let's break down these workout terms and see the similarities and differences between the two.

Let’s kick things off with Metabolic Conditioning or ‘Metcon’ for short – because who has time for extra syllables during a workout? Metcon is all about ramping up the efficiency of your body’s energy systems. We're talking about workouts that are not just going to burn calories while you're doing them but will turn your body into a calorie-torching powerhouse even when you're chilling later.

Now, Metcon isn't about just one type of exercise. It mixes things up with strength training, cardio, and high-intensity moves that keep your body guessing and metabolism blazing. Think compound movements like strength movements paired with cardio and bodyweight movements – fun stuff that makes the time fly while you’re dripping in sweat. An example of this could be seen during one of our endurance stations in our FBF60 program where you might perform squat throws, running and toes to bar for a 12 minute cycle.

Now...moving on to the heavyweight champ of fitness buzzwords: HIIT – High Intensity Interval Training. This bad boy is as straightforward as it sounds. You go hard with intense bursts of activity followed by short recovery periods. For instance, this could include max effort sprints for 30 seconds followed by 30 seconds of wondering why you do this to yourself (just kidding... but seriously haha).

The beauty of HIIT is that it's super efficient – perfect for those days when you've got more emails than minutes. Plus, this style of training can lead to something called excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC), which basically means you’re still burning calories long after you’ve showered off the gym floor grit. Score! The key though is ensuring that you work hard enough during the work periods that you need and earn the rest written. This is what can lead to EPOC.

Regardless, both Metcon and HIIT are designed to increase endurance, improve cardiovascular health, and accelerate fat loss - but they have their unique twists.

Best part? You don't really have to choose between them! Some days call for a varied Metcon session; other days you just want to blast through a quick HIIT routine before life calls.

Remember folks - whether it’s Metcon or HIIT on your workout schedule, always listen to your body (it’s smarter than it gets credit for!) and prioritize proper form over ego-lifting any day.


Keep getting after it,


Team FutbolerFit

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