Exercisers who want to boost their workout stamina can find an easy way to improve it through metabolic strength training. NY1's Health reporter Kafi Drexel filed the following report.
Exercisers who are huffing and puffing through their workouts could need to improve their aerobic capacity, which is often described in the fitness world as "V02 max." Fitness expert Marc Perry of BuiltLean.com has some quick instruction tips to help with that.
"A VO2 max is the amount of oxygen your body can use essentially during exercise, and so the better shape you're in, the higher your VO2 max," says Perry.
Some of the most common ways one can work to improve how much oxygen the body uses are walking and running.
Perry, however, suggests metabolic strength training, which he says can supplement or replace traditional cardio, take much less time and boost fat loss.
"This concept of metabolic strength training means that you're lifting very large muscle groups and you are using structural and compound exercises and you are also resting less between sets," says Perry. "The focus is on intensity and burning as many calories as possible during and after the workout, so it's a very high-intensity type of exercise."
Ways to do that include three basic approaches. Plyometrics, or momentum burst moves, include jump lunges and jump splits. Combination exercises that involve the upper and lower body include kettlebell swings and medicine ball throws. There are also leg exercises like squats, walking lunges and step-ups with heavy weights.
"These are very intense exercises where you can improve your cardiovascular compactly without actually doing cardio, and that's what the whole benefit is," says Kelly. "Instead of going for a 60-minute jog, you can simply work out with this type of metabolic strength training in five to 10 minutes and get as good of a benefit, if not more, on your cardiovascular capacity."
As a quick note of caution, Perry says the approach is not for everyone, especially beginners. Beginners should work with a fitness professional to figure when it is best to incorporate it into their plan.