I’ve been saying it for years, treadmills are for hamsters! Has there ever been a more boring, monotonous and ineffective cardio exercise system? At least in the way that most people practice it? The 80s concept of steady state cardio conditioning is dead…replaced by a form of training called metabolic or high intensity interval training (HIIT). My old school musclehead buddies used to call it “aerobic powerlifting”.
In a nutshell, metabolic training means training at higher intensity with shorter periods of rest using multi-joint resistance circuits. These shorter workouts burn massive amounts of calories and fat, strengthen your heart and skeletal muscles and rev up your metabolism for up to 48 hours after your workout!
Here’s a great article written on the subject by athlete, exercise physiologist and fellow certified strength & conditioning specialist Rachel Cosgrove. I like this article because Rachel tackles the issue from the perspective of her own athletic experience backed by the latest scientific research. She also gives great tips to incorporate more of this type of training into your schedule.
The good news is that metabolic training takes less of your time while yielding superior results. It is also a scalable form of training in that beginners can start with short, easy workouts and progress to higher and higher levels of intensity and improvement. Enjoy, and let me know in the comments or through email what your thought are.