People are always asking me about the best ways to maximize time in the gym and how to get the best calorie burn in the least amount of time. There are many ways to get in a good workout with minimal time commitment, but I always stress that a shortened workout schedule should never mean that effort and sweat left on the gym floor is sacrificed. In past articles I have discussed the importance of HIIT (high intensity interval training) for increasing calorie burn and reducing body fat, performing a finisher at the end of a workout will enhance this even more! Why wouldn’t you want to incorporate these into your workouts?
What is it?
A Metabolic Finisher is an intense exercise or series of exercises performed at the end of a resistance training workout to ensure you have drained every last bit of gas from the ol’ tank and increase the body’s fat burning potential.
There are numerous combinations of metabolic finishers, but here are a few examples:
Metabolic Finisher 1:
Jump Rope x 30 seconds (fast as you can)
Alternating lunge jumps – 10 per leg
Push ups – as many as you can with good form
Mountain climbers x 20 (fast)
Rest x 1 minute and perform 3-4 more times
Metabolic Finisher 2:
Place two cones approximately 25 yards apart
Sprint back as fast as you can back and fourth touching each cone for a total of 12 times (6 round trips)
Rest for 3 minutes and repeat 2-3 times
Time yourself each time and try and beat your score!
Those who attend our metabolic group classes at the CORE Conditioning studio get to experience a finisher in our famous “4 minutes to freedom” – This is what we do at the end of every class in order to maximize fat burn and ensure our soldiers are burning calories still hours and hours after class!
Michelle Roots BA Kin, CSCS, PES, PN1