Metabolic Training: 3 Full Body Circuits for Fat Loss

Metabolic Training: 3 Full Body Circuits for Fat Loss

Spring is here. Whether you’re ready for it or not.

Chances are, you’re part of the team that’s in need of some serious conditioning to burn off the winter insulation you’ve put on during sweater season.

And that’s why we’ve got you covered.

The answer doesn’t have to be endless drudgeries on the treadmill or elliptical to attain steady state cardio benefits and burn fat the slow way.

That’s all fine and good, but you’re a person with a busy life, and can’t spend hours at the gym every given day.

For those reasons, it’s helpful to have a good handle on your metabolic training arsenal.

Using weights to substitute cardio is a serviceable way to attain all the same benefits while making things more time efficient.

All you have to do is simply manipulate your rest intervals and choose your exercises wisely, while modifying the amount you’re lifting per exercise.

But Why? Think Past the Mirror

So, we understand that you can train metabolic style for fat loss, and to save the cardio portion of your workout. But what about your precious gains?

Here’s the truth: Most self proclaimed “strong” gym rat meatheads, desperately need to get in shape. And their 600 pound deadlift won’t do anything to stop them from cardiac arrest due to high blood pressure, cholesterol, or body fat.

Related: Density Training for Fat Loss - Maintain Size & Get Lean

Being strong doesn’t mean you’re fit. It just means you’ve got one of over 11 components of human fitness taken care of. There’s more to work on. It’s time to think of conditioning training for reasons beyond the generic cosmetic vantage point and “seeing your abs”.

Especially if you’re not 22 anymore, it’s worth your while to keep on top of this for the sake of your health and longevity.  Don’t worry – your precious PR’s won’t go anywhere in a hurry, and your muscles and joints will probably thank you too, if you approach this the right way.

Here are 3 examples of workouts that can work wonders for conditioning and fat loss.

Workout 1: My Favorite Vertical Push/Pull Circuit

This workout relies on vertical plane movements to really tax the muscular and aerobic system, and it doesn’t take too much loading to make it happen.

In fact, you only need a single kettlebell or dumbbell, and a pull up/dip station.

Exercise Sets Reps
A1. One Arm DB/KB Snatch 6 8-10
A2. Bodyweight Dips 6 10
A3. One Arm DB/KB Snatch 6 8-10
A4. Bodyweight Pull Up 6 8-10

That’s one round. Rest 90 seconds between rounds and repeat for a minimum of 6 rounds. This circuit seems painfully simple, but rest assured that by the end of round 3, you’ll be contemplating a lot. In a puddle of sweat.

On one arm db/kb snatches, choose one hand and perform the reps in a continuous fashion. Note that using a different implement warrants an entirely different lifting technique. If you’re not proficient with kettlebells, then it’s a smart idea to stick to a basic dumbbell snatch.

Start at a hang position (just around knee level between the legs), and use the body to project the weight over the head in one strong motion. It’s ok if you hop off the ground a little; just make sure to “stomp” to time your catch phase correctly.  Lower the weight slowly and repeat.

As a guide, use about 60-70% of your 10 rep DB shoulder press max weight.

Utilize the alternate arm on each time you perform this exercise during the circuit.

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