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Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Metabolic Training

Brent Brookbush

Brent Brookbush


Panel Discussion: Metabolic Training

What are the pro’s and con’s? This has become the latest craze in fitness: from Kettle Bell circuits, to CrossFit, to Battle Ropes, and UFC training. What are the advantages and disadvantages, and how do we program, regress and progress exercise within this genre of exercise?

Moderated by Brent Brookbush DPT, PT, MS, PES, CES, CSCS, ACSM H/FS

This Panel Discussion was originally posted on my facebook page - https://www.facebook.com/brent.brookbush - on August 9th, 2011.

Lorrie Von Garlem Brewster, August 9 at 12:37pm: disadvantage is it is high intensity, not necessarily appropriate for all clients. Can result in injury for deconditioned clients, or even conditioned clients if proper form isn't used. Advantage is maximizing calorie burn, getting a good cardio and resistance workout at the same time.

Brent Brookbush, August 9 at 12:41pm: Well said… can we regress this exercise to allow more individuals to participate with lower risk?

Lorrie Von Garlem Brewster, August 9 at 12:56pm: Sure I think regression can be done by lighter resistance, or using no resistance at all to get the proper form learned first, then add resistance. The base move can always be progressed as we normally would.. be sure the progression can be done with proper from without weight first, then add weight as long as proper form is kept.

Shawn Fears, August 9 at 1:40pm: metabolic training is nothing new, it is just a circuit. I don't really know why changing the name helped it to be more accepted lol.

Shawn Fears, August 9 at 1:46pm:


increased calorie burn

more efficient use of time (increased workout density)

sort of maintain strength while burning more calories

higher tolerance to mental stress

Increased resistance to mental and physical fatigue

increased overall work capacity


most people lack understanding of SAID of metabolic training

fatigue leads to injury

easy to go into overtraining

misused for sports training

**Exertional Rhabdomyolysis**

Aaron Varcasio, August 10 at 10:15am: Metabolic -circuti- CrossFit training, is appropriate for everyone. But, you need proper coaching, apply periodization (scaling), and knowledge of the sport. If you can't do all or any of that yes, it’s bad, dangerous, etc. I would love to comment of this further if needed.

Brent Brookbush, August 10 at 11:40am: Hey Aaron, Let's not confuse metabolic training with Crossfit… Crossfit is but one example of this training, and frankly it can be done better. I appreciate that Crossfit has made it popular, but I would like this discussion to consider all of the applications of metabolic training. That includes metabolic training for the average client that walks in a gym, to the recreational athlete, to the pros. Let's consider kettlebell circuits, caveman training, UFC training, and to reiterate Shawn's point, how any circuit can be modified to create a metabolic affect. What is it that makes metabolic training, well… metabolic training?

Aaron Varcasio, August 13 at 11:06am: I am getting involved with a Marital Arts, Boxing, Brazilian Jiu Jujitsu, Kick Boxing gym. I am excited to see about this new area of training

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