Understanding Metabolism to Boost your Workout

Finding the right workout routine takes time. After you determine your goals, you must strategize an action plan and find ways to stay motivated as the weeks go on. Several new workout trends have popped up over the last few years that focus on metabolic conditioning. Routines such as Tabata and Crossfit claim that high-intensity workout sessions are the best way to lose weight, effectively build muscle, and increase cardiovascular strength. But how does metabolic conditioning actually work? While there are a series of complicated biochemical reactions going on during a workout, these high-intensity interval routines work on different energetic pathways in your body. Overview of Aerobic Metabolism The Mayo…
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What you need to know: How your body generates energy

There are two key types of metabolic/energetic pathways used for generation of energy in all our cells:  Aerobic and Anaerobic.   Aerobic means with oxygen and requires the presence of oxygen in the cell producing energy.   Anaerobic means without oxygen and cells can produce energy without the presence of oxygen using these pathways.  A single cell can either produce energy aerobically or anaerobically at any given moment in time, but never both at the same time!   However during any activity there are some cells producing energy aerobically and other cells producing energy anaerobically.     Muscles obtain energy from three important sources*:  Glucose which is sugar can be burned…
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