The high intensity metabolic training has taken off in recent years do to the drastic increase in Crossfit’s popularity. It is a way of training that has tremendous health benefits, as well as a way to get in a quicker workout.
1. Improved Cardiovascular Capacity
This type of training forces the heart to work very hard, and because of this it allows the body to become more efficient at using its oxygen reserves. Efficiency allows for the body to work harder for a longer period of time. It essentially increases your body’s muscle and cardiovascular endurance.
2. Improved Hormone Levels
Strength training in general helps the body with hormone levels, and metabolic conditioning is no different. Although the goal isn’t to pack on large amounts of mass, it still elicits an impressive hormone response.
3. Calorie Burn
High intensity training is the most effective way to burn off calories, especially when compared to distance running or other endurance sports. This doesn’t just occur during the workout, but after the workout it continues to burn calories (The afterburn effect). The body loses massive amounts of oxygen during the workout, and due to this it causes an excess post-exercise oxygen consumption (EPOC). EPOC causes the body to continue to use massive amounts of energy.
These are the largest benefits that come from HIIT or metabolic training. It is a great form of training, but it is important to note that rest is a major key in doing so. Charles Poliquin, a world renowned strength coach, recommends to rest a full day in between workouts.