Bethlehem News

Published on July 27th, 2018


‘MetCon’ Training at St. Luke’s Provides Scientific Approach to Fitness

When most people talk about getting fit, they talk about losing a few pounds, being able to run a 5K, do a certain number of pull ups, or even lift a specific goal weight in bench press or squats.

At St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Centers, getting fit through MetCon (metabolic conditioning) takes a far different approach and produces verifiable results.

“When we talk about metabolic conditioning, we’re referring to the types of exercises that are needed to train the three different energy systems that we have in our bodies,” explained Mike Conway, Director of  St. Luke’s Fitness & Sports Performance Center on Commerce Way in Bethlehem.

MetCon classes typically take about 30-45 minutes to complete and are designed to incorporate the three types of energy systems the body engages in during activity:

Phosphagen – which are short term, high powered bursts that last about 10 seconds each;

Anaerobic Glycolysis  – the anaerobic system which lasts from about 10 seconds up to two minutes; and Aerobic – which powers the body for longer durations.

“All those systems provide different contributions to the overall energy supply,” Conway said. “It’s kind of like stalking and pouncing in the caveman era. If you’re a good stalker but can’t pounce, you’re not going to be a successful hunter.”

MetCon classes train you to be a successful athlete. Each workout is different with different intensities for the various exercises along with different work/rest ratios, which trains the body’s ability to recover both physically and mentally.

“In our programs here at St. Luke’s, we incorporate speed, agility and power exercises to give an athlete a complete toolbox of physical fitness elements, and then apply them to the specific sport which has specific strategies and skills,” Conway said.

MetCon classes help athletes increase their power, coordination and agility so that energy becomes more efficient, greatly benefiting athletes in the final stages of a competition, whether it’s beating someone to a loose ball in basketball or soccer, or making that game-saving tackle.

Photo Caption: Mike Conway and Erika Antunes during training session.

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