Wednesday, January 19, 2011

E.P.O.C - Why CrossFit Works!

So, you've notice the E.P.O.C workout sent with the challenge WODs and wonder "what is E.P.O.C and why is it important to me"

What is E.P.O.C?

E.P.O.C stands for Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption and refers to the work your body continues to do AFTER your workout. During EPOC your body is restoring/repairing itself to it's pre-exercise state. This means, you're continuing to expend energy and burn fuel (calories) at an elevated rate.

EPOC is higher with short, high intensity workouts (like your CrossFit Central WODs) than with aerobic (running, cycling, long slow distance) workouts.

Why is it important to you?

EPOC is the reason CrossFit makes YOU fitter than you've ever been. You must attack every CrossFit WOD with your highest intensity and you will increase your metabolic efficiency.

It is shown that EPOC can increase your metabolic rate 13% up to 3 hours after exercise and 4% after 16 hours post workout!
That's right one 5-15 minutes workout can increase your metabolism for 16 hours. READ THAT AGAIN! That is exciting!
That is something your 1 hour runs and 3 hour bike rides CANNOT do for you!

This also means that you need to respect the need for your body to repair itself after CrossFit WODs. You're in the challenge, you're working towards your goals, you're making sacrifices, and pushing yourself to new physical limits BUT make sure you rest and recover.

To my team:
How is week 2 going for you?
What did you learn at the Nutrition meeting?
What is the biggest thing you'll have to give up for this challenge? post to comments.

For me: The first week has been good - it actually feels great to get back on the 'real foods only' plan and train with intention instead of doing whatever I could on the road/over holiday. The biggest thing that I am giving up for this challenge are Nibbles :) You know a bit of this, a taste of that, a dash of sugar in my coffee etc.

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