Friday, June 26, 2009

Last "Infamous TRX" Workout

This was my last time through Phase 4 Metabolic Workout B. I'd like to say I finished strong, but that would be a lie :) The main thing is, I finished, and at this point that's good enough for me.

When I have a little more time I'll sum up my thoughts about this program, what I liked about it, what I didn't like, and what I think I got out of it.

In the meantime, if you're curious, John Berardi has posted the results obtained by his test group:

As you may recall, the test group was divided into 3 subgroups. Each subgroup did the same strength workout (designed by Alwyn Cosgrove); however one subgroup supplemented with steady-state cardio, one subgroup supplemented with interval cardio, and one subgroup did metabolic circuits on the TRX. All three subgroups lost slightly over 3 pounds over the course of the 8 week experiment, and all three showed similar improvements in performance. The only real difference across the three groups was the dropout rate. The steady state group had the biggest dropout rate (well over half the participants!) while the TRX group had the smallest.

So I guess the takeaway message is: all methods of energy systems training work for fat loss and enhanced athletic performance, at least if you make yourself do them. So pick what you enjoy and think you can stick with, whether it's metabolic resistance training on the TRX, high intensity interval training, or steady state cardio--and be sure you don't neglect your strength training!