Metabolic Resistance Training vs. Traditional Cardio
If you want to shed fat in a fraction of the time, then metabolic resistance training (MRT) is the way to go. Metabolic resistance training is one of the most effective ways to build muscle, burn fat, and improve your overall fitness level without spending hours on a treadmill.
What is Metabolic Resistance Training?
MRT is a type of workout where the goal is to maximize energy expenditure during short periods of time. You do allow for rest periods, but they are short and sweet. No extended breaks, just intense periods of work, followed by short rest periods, followed by more intense periods of work.
Here’s why this is better than long form cardio…
Long form cardio is boring.
Unless you just love running or hitting the treadmill for 3 miles of steady state cardio, this is probably not the most exciting thing you will do in a day. However, metabolic resistance training can be incredibly varied. You can do weights one day, bodyweight exercises the next, circuits another or mix it up between all of those.
Long form cardio takes a lot of time.
In order to burn calories doing long form cardio, you need to spend a long time on the treadmill. As time goes on, your body will become more efficient at cardio, so you will actually need to work either harder or longer to get the same results. However, with MRT, you are working at such a high level of intensity, that you burn significant amounts of calories in less time. In addition, your body will continue to burn calories for up to 48 hours after your workout. You will get a major calorie torch during your MRT workout, then will keep those fires hot long after your workout is over.
Long form cardio eats away at muscle instead of building it.
If you want to keep your metabolic rate up, then you need to keep your muscle mass up, as they are directly related. Long form cardio will undoubtedly burn calories, but it will pull energy from both fat and muscle. MRT will be forced to reach into fat stores for energy, while adding resistance and building muscle at the same time.
If you love cardio, by all means hit the treadmill (but add some MRT or weight training to your routine for overall health and strength). But, if long-form, steady state cardio is not your first love, then give MRT a shot. The results will speak for themselves and the efficiency will do wonders for your schedule!