Don't be surprised if a Metcon workout includes:
Running Cycling Rowing Gymnastic movements Strength exercises Any combination of these forms of exercise They're put together to condition the metabolism. In other words, to enable you to work at a near maximum intensity for a prolonged period of time.
They sound very much like a running workout - like a challenging hill workout, for example.
But the crucial difference is that they don't have to include any running. And that makes them useful for runners who may not be ready for a hard workout (or who want a different, less-specific workout).
I've brought Dr. Mike Young onto the podcast to discuss metcon workouts for runners (and more topics) in more detail.
You can also sign up here for our free course on runner-specific strength training.
Mike Young, PhD is the Director of Research and Performance at Athletic Lab. A Lead Instructor for both USA Track & Field and USA Weightlifting, he also works with elite athletes and has consulted with the MLS, MLB, NFL, PGA, and NHL.
An internationally recognized researcher, coach, and educator, Mike has the unique distinction of attending all three US Olympic Training Centers as an athlete, sport scientist, and coach.
He has degrees in exercise physiology, coaching science, and biomechanics – not to mention his prowess publishing multiple peer-reviewed journal articles.
This conversation focuses on strength training for runners and how to think more productively about certain types of strength workouts and whether or not machines are appropriate for runners.