Benefits of Metabolic Conditioning Classes
One huge benefit of attending a Metcon class is that calories can be burnt at a greater rate when your body’s energy systems are put under higher pressure. Metcon classes help you burn calories through this process named excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC) where your body continues to work even while recovering. This means that your body gets more efficient in burning calories even after your workout is done!
While the three systems function together throughout the duration of the exercise, each system performs at different intensity levels depending on the individual’s work-to-rest ratios. According to researchers from Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, it is recommended to plan a Metcon class based on the desired outcome and the individual’s fitness level.
For example, for an individual who is looking to play better at basketball, he/she would be recommended to attend a Metcon class with intermediate intensity (30 secs exercise with 40-50 secs rest time) which is similar to the nature of the sport. On the other hand, Metcon classes with longer exercises and minimal rest time in between are more effective for individuals who are looking to build endurance.