This month in our bootcamps we've implemented a program entitled, "Mission: Metabolism". After spending most of the Spring focusing on Nutrition we've now turned all of our attention to moving from a Metabolic Rut....to experiencing a Metabolic Breakthrough!
What does this mean?
Well let's start first with the word Metabolism:
Metabolism in simple terms is the rate our body burns calories. Obviously, the higher the metabolic rate, the more calories burned through the course of a day and weeks, and ultimately resulting in greater fat loss. We all know the horror stories. There are those blessed ones who can eat cheesecake all day and never gain a pound, and there are those who have already gained weight just talking about it!
It goes without saying that nutrition has a huge role to play in this. But what about the person who has their nutrition in a good place, hitting their workouts hard, and seeing NO RESULTS!
They're in what I call a 'Metabolic Rut'. Another way of saying this is that they have hit the dreaded plataeu. What follows is the keys to moving a from a Metabolic Rut to a Metabolic Breakthrough!
#1 TOTAL-BODY WORKOUTS 3x PER WEEK
The classic weekly bodybuilding schedule is
Thursday - Hamstrings
Friday - Triceps
Sunday - Calves
While this may work in terms of killing one muscle per day, the reality is that training your whole body more frequently will result in bigger strength and muscle gain, greater fat loss, and more metabolic boosts than training each muscle group once per week– and the science supports this.
So for the busy person who's looking for the 'metabolic breakthrough' we want to do 3 total-body workouts per week with ideally 48 hours rest in between to maximize muscle growth and recovery. This provides a whole body approach that boosts metabolism and gives us more bang for our buck!
HOW TO BREAK THE METABOLIC RUT #2