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Metabolic conditioning is an intense circuit-style workout that is one of the most popular training methods used in the fitness industry today. MetCon One utilizes a combination of strength training exercises and anaerobic conditioning drills. Workouts may be timed (and usually are) with circuits consisting of 4 to 10 exercises performed in multiple rounds, with very little rest.

A study by The European Applied Journal of Physiology showed metabolism to be in an elevated state for up to 16 hours following intense resistance exercise. A major contributing factor to this elevated state is due to the body’s high demand for oxygen post exercise, otherwise known as EPOC (Excess Post-Exercise Oxygen Consumption). After intense exercise, there is an increase in lactic acid, an elevated body temperature, an elevation in breathing and heart rate, resynthesis of phosphocreatine in the muscles and elevated hormone levels. In order to restore equilibrium within the body, higher amounts of oxygen are required. Therefore, not only do you burn a ton of calories during your workout, but post-workout as well.