Years ago, exercise scientists told us to do long, slow cardio in order to burn fat.
However, it has since been realised that there was a problem with this. Not in the answer as such but in the question that was initially asked, which was how to burn the most calories in a session.
Fat loss training isn’t about what burns the most amount of fat during a training session, it’s about what burns the most amount of fat in a 24-hour period – without you having to train for that 24-hour period :p
Short, high-intensity exercise creates an oxygen debt (known in geek speak as E.P.O.C., or excess post-exercise oxygen consumption) and this results in a metabolic boost long after the training session is over.
This brings us to the training style known as Conditioning
But what exactly is Conditioning, and more importantly for you, how can it help you achieve your weight loss goals?
It boils down to a pattern of exercises set up to create the desired reaction from your body.
Of all the variables involved with your metabolism (this is what controls how you your body process the energy that you provide it with), physical activity is the one you have the most control over, and it is what you’ll adjust for metabolic conditioning.
When you perform a physical activity, your body burns energy. However, what you might not realize is there are different kinds of energy your body uses. In fact, you can break down energy into an immediate, intermediate and long-term energy method.
During metabolic conditioning, you’re using a great combination of all these different energies.
This helps to achieve better fat loss progression as well as improved performance in sport. As well as improved performance in day to day life and that, after all is a big reason why we are all doing this.
Knowing how to exploit the crossovers in the energy systems and pushing your energy consumption to the fullest is what helps you burn through more calories, all based on how you stack your workout and sets and rest periods
The idea of Conditioning is twofold. The first is to increase calorie usage during a given exercise session and the second is to boost calorie burn during the several hours following a workout.
This also helps with your performance, which is why not all conditioning circuits are the same for everyone. It comes down to what area you want to improve upon.
Conditioning should be an important part to everyone’s training plans. Whether your goal is fat loss, sports performance, powerlifting or chasing the kids round the park more successfully. It will help in all these areas…..and more.
It also means that (unless you’re an endurance athlete) you don’t need to worry about fitting in anymore Cardio training sessions during the week as these Conditioning sessions will take care of all your needs there as well.
There are 2 ways to best implement this into your training schedule.
One is to buy some books, search the internet and trial and error for a few months for what works for you and gets you the results that you’re wanting.
You could make it easier on yourself and book into one of our Conditioning training sessions run by one of our experienced (and fun) trainers and let them take care of all the planning for you so all you have to worry about is taking part and have fun 😊