Met-con or metabolic conditioning classes are among some of the most challenging workouts on GuavaPass. The endurance, motivation and strength required for these classes are extremely self-motivating, to say the least. High-intensity exercises such as weightlifting or bodyweight exercises are often coupled with short rest periods in order to burn fat and ‘condition’ metabolic processes in the body. Because of this, met-con is one of the most effective and efficient class styles for strength building and weight loss. One of our newest studios, The Strength Yard, holds 2 met-con classes per week available to book by members online. On Sunday, I made my way to Joo Chiat, East Coast to attend one of these powerful classes, looking forward to a test of my strength.
The Strength Yard studio
The traditional studio gives you all the basic requirements for strength building and toning. The free weights, squat racks, bench presses and floor work space that makes up the studio was a sign of the strong class to come. Today’s instructor Jickson, collected the group of keen early risers and began to walk us through the next 45 minutes of exercises.
Sunday’s done right at The Strength Yard
Sunday’s met-con classes follow a similar program each week. First, the class is sufficiently warmed up with a few rounds of body weight and weighted moves, including pushups, squats and deadlifts. Following this, our instructor began to explain and demonstrate to series of exercises to complete for the rest of the session.
30 minutes, a lot of lifting and a fair amount of running
The primary feature that makes this class one of the most interesting met-con sessions I’ve been to is their ‘30-minute cap’. As our instructor explained, we had 30 minutes to complete 3 rounds of 4 exercises, increasing in repetitions each round. As Jickson was recommending modifications for members on each pose, I thought to myself ‘hitting under 30 minutes will be easy’. Within the first few minutes, this idea went right out of my head.
As we started working through the first set – a mix of burpees, dumbbell snatches and 400m of jogging – you begin to understand the strength required of these sessions. It’s extremely rewarding knowing the power and endurance needed to complete these classes. Each set of indoor weighted exercises was coupled with the 400m run outside. After smashing the second round and 20 minutes in, we pushed through as a class to finish the final set of exercises.
A scaled and accessible workout
One of the most versatile things about met-con classes is its ability to be scaled. The ability to alter your weights, running speed or time to complete a set opens the class to experienced and beginners alike. Jickson explained that “no one has come in that hasn’t been able to complete the workout”, opening their doors to anyone willing to give it a shot!
If you’re ready to test your strength, endurance and stamina, book into The Strength Yard today for one of their Met-con classes!
Amenities: bottled water (for sale), showers, changing area, bathrooms
#GuavaTip: These classes are perfect for anyone because of the selection of your own weights and resistance. If you’re looking to test yourself, ask your instructor what they would recommend for a challenging workout.