Metabolic Conditioning (MetCon)
Full Body Workouts
Each one of these training methods is lauded as the ultimate “Fat Burning Workout”
Each one of these methods is supposed to “Leave you ripped, with 6 pack abs in X number of days”
And it’s all a crock of shite.
I use all of these methods with my guys at Wild Geese, now to be fair, the large proportion of WG-Fit athletes are looking for performance enhancement not fat loss, but the methods I use to make fighters fight harder, triathletes run, swim & bike faster and everyone else lifter heavier, faster, for more reps. Well these methods are the same as those peddled my the marketing media as your one stop cure for obesity.
But it aint.
You want to sort your waistline out, sort your diet out. And I don’t mean slimfast shakes and muesli bars, I mean meat, fish, salad and veggies.
Cut the crap out, learn to listen to the body instead of the adverts. Get energy from real foods, not artificial stimulants and sugars.
Moderate caffeine intake, minimise alcohol intake.
Make water your primary source of fluids, make fruit and nuts your first choice for snacks.
Realise that if it says Low Fat on the packet it really means “Added artificial sweeteners & sugars” In fact, if it comes in a packet at all, it’s most likely been tampered with.
And one more thing, if they try to ram down your throat the fact that this particular food is healthy, it aint. The bigger and brighter the text or the greater the repetition, the bigger the lie.
So that there is the secret to being a healthy weight.
Eat real food, ignore the adverts and learn to cook. Simples!
And don’t be afraid to feel hungry the odd time.
So, back to the exercise.
Exercise is to make you fitter, stronger, faster and more durable. Looking good is a by-product.
Yes, a full body resistance training workout will elevate your metabolism and increase the body’s need for nutrients. That is assuming you’ve shifted some tonnage and stressed all the major muscle groups in a balanced fashion, not just danced around to cheesy disco pop.
This is because the effort put into training will have damaged the muscle fibres and depleted the fuel stores requiring the body to adapt.
This recovery process requires fuel which can either be taken from the fat stores or the ingested energy from food.
But it still comes down to food. Not exercise.
So next time you are tempted with a “fat burning” workout, stop and think, are you first willing to change your eating habits?
A requirement for my online clients, particularly those looking for body composition changes is they track their eating habits on LiveStrong (Here: http://www.livestrong.com/thedailyplate/ )
Tracking your diet allows for easy modification. Create yourself and account and start recording. Try to get your Protein:Fat:Carbohydrate ratios (don’t worry, the site works it out for you) to 30:30:40 for starters, then go from there.
Then, lift, carry, drag, throw, run, crawl, climb, roll and hit. Use a variety of reps and hit every movement pattern in each workout.
Make sure the weights you lift get incrementally heavier. Ensure that if you repeat the same workout twice, you do it faster the second time. Always, always either do more reps, more weight or take less rest. Otherwise, just don’t bother.