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Metabolic Conditioning

Posted on May 14th 2018 by

Metabolic Conditioning

Metabolic conditioning is a very fancy word for ‘fat burning’ although research will suggest that the term fat burning means something quite different to what we are referring to in this blog. In this case we define Metabolic Conditioning to be a structured pattern of high intensity-functional movement reps, structured sets and allocated rest periods to get a desired response from the body, of which we feel is an awesome response that everyone should know about!

We have three main energy systems that are used during Metabolic Conditioning - or METCONS or HIIT - as these workouts are designed to increase the efficiency of our energy systems. There is chemical in our body called adenosine triphosphate (ATP) this chemical is extremely clever as it fuels every single cell in your body with the energy you need. To get ATP, your body relies on three energy systems: the phosphagen, glycolytic and oxidative systems

Why is this important for Metabolic Conditioning?

Ok, I’m going to first break down what these three systems do, then I will explain why it plays such an important role

The Phosphagen System

If we think of a sprinter or a weightlifter - powerful and quick. The phosphagen system is responsible for supplying the body with ATP for quick and powerful movements of approximately 10 seconds. But this rocket fuel doesn’t last long and needs lots of rest time before it can come fully back to action again of around 3-4 minutes

Glycolytic System

Once the 10 seconds is up, your body then moves onto this energy system. Allowing you to run a little further; but not as fast, lift a little lighter; for more reps. This energy systems also needs time once it has been depleted, to restore around 1 to 2 and a half minutes 


Our Aerobic system, kicks in when all else is gone and allows us to keep going and going. It fuels our bodies for things like triathlons, marathons, 10km or 5km runs

All three processes keep your body moving and work continually together. However, the clever bit!! Metabolic conditioning uses all three systems to their best advantages to push the body to its limits, which will result if done effectively in your body becoming stronger, fitter and will allow you to ‘fat burn’ up to 3 hours post work out

This form of exercise has become increasingly popular due to the fact that it can be quick, it can be varied and it’s the only way to train your metabolism to help speed it up and work harder

If you stick to the cardio or just the weights and you want to vary your work outs up and get great results, talk to one of our LED gym staff and they will best advice you on classes and personal work outs.

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