Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption (EPOC) represents the metabolic cost of oxygen from systemic adjustments to the body following energy expenditure (McArdle, 1996).
This ‘afterburn’ effect will maintain an elevated metabolism for up to 48 hours following training – depending on the instensity level. During this period the resting metabolic rate can be up to 15% more than normal.
Equivalent of up to 200 calories or, walking two miles… Without even taking a step!
The most effective method of generating this response from training and acheiving maximum EPOC is to focus on using multiple muscle groups and fuctional movements performed at high intensities over large ranges of motion.
Will you train hard today and then sit back and enjoy the (after)burn?