What is METCON never heard of it before Heather Robertson

I didn’t want to do it. I didn’t want to do HIIT. Tabata. METCON. Uh. Jumping. Jumping on boxes. All of it. Nope. ๐Ÿ˜€

I wanted to play Tekken and eat pizza. ALL DAY. ERRRRRYYYYYDAYYYYYY!!!! ๐Ÿ˜€ It’s Sunday.


This could be my avatar. ๐Ÿ˜€

I did it though.

I did this one.


Then I did this other 20 minute one.

I like to try for an hour or hour and a half. I think I like the METCON videos because I get worn out. I’ll start with 35 pound kettlebells and go all the way down to 10 pounds by the end of the thing. Then, I realized.

What is METCON?

HEHEHEHEHEHE. ๐Ÿ˜€ I feel like the people watching TikToks and trying to dance. You know? I have no idea what METCON is but fitness is a cultural group with many subcultures. Its a bit like India. Heather Robertson has like millions of followers so of course it becomes a subculture with its own jargon. I think, what’s different is she’s very committed to service. There’s like a hundred videos and group chats across many social media networks. It’s really nice. When I walked into our local fitness clubs here in Phoenix Arizona. Mostly, to shower because I was working out the whole way there at the park and on my bicycle. It could get a bit bro-ey there at the fitness clubs. Bro-culture. Is also a subculture of fitness that gets so much moreย  recognition. I was kind of tired of it so I left the gyms here in Phoenix Arizona. I stopped doing triathlons. I saw her videos one day while doing SEAL burpees for fun. I’m not sure that’s a subculture.

She looked happy. I wanted to be happy too. Simple.

Tangent. So. What’s METCON?

Let’s read some medical journals. Don’t worry. I’ll give you the short version.

In 1997 Dr. Izumi Tabata realized the most efficient way to excercise the aerobic and anaerobic system. Or, your muscles and lungs. Simply. Was to go at 170% of your V02 Max for short periods followed by short breaks. (Tabata) Compared to other excercising formats it gave the biggest boost to your complete body.

We should look up how to find 170% of VO2.

(Source: Whoop.com)

That’s pretty cool. I have the same heart rate as athletes. Hm.

My resting heart rate is 50 bpm.

We need to find my Max Heart Rate before we could do the Vo2 Max calculation.

208 – (.7)(41)ย  = 179.3 bpm.ย That’s my max heart rate.ย That’s cool. Okay.

Now let’s find my Vo2 Max

15.3 (179.3/50) = 54.86 ml/kg/min

What does this mean? ๐Ÿ˜€ Its like I’m playing a board game.

We need another chart. I can, see why fitness itself is challenging atop the subculture. There’s like some kind of taxes involved?

Vo2 Chart Source: Runbuzz.com

So. I match my Vo2 value to the chart and I’mย Superior. Hm?ย Okay. I’m superior. Haha. I still don’t understand….how to get that Vo2 number to a heart rate for Tabata excercises.

Hold on.

So. I mean. 170% even for a short duration is 304 beats per minute. I don’t think that’s possible. ๐Ÿ˜€ How about, I just don’t want to attempt it.

Ohhhhhhh. Okay.ย I’ll explain because I was a bit lost too. Some of Dr. Izumi Tabata’s research was excercise dependent.

  • He used bicycles. So. Like those quick sprints in Spin classes.
    • 170% was considered SUPRAMAXIMAL. You’re way above your Max Heart Rate and creating the maximum oxygen deficit for your muscles. (Tabata)
      • I can’t really tell from the research if it was an achievable goal.
      • So. Moral of the story is just to go as hard as you can to stay above your Max heart during METCON excercises.ย For the maximum benefit within that fitness system.


METCON = Above your Max HR for as long as you can hold it there.

HIIT = 80% of your Max HR

I told you. Fitness is a culture. They like data. ๐Ÿ˜€ Also. I was kind of doing it wrong. ๐Ÿ˜€ I mean, I thought the movements provided the most benefit but the oxygen intake with the METCON movements put you on a new level.

See. We both learned something. That’s cool. Heather Robertson is pretty cool.



Tabata, I., Irisawa, K., Kouzaki, M. O. T. O. K. I., Nishimura, K., Ogita, F. U. T. O. S. H. I., & Miyachi, M. (1997). Metabolic profile of high intensity intermittent exercises.ย Medicine and science in sports and exercise,ย 29(3), 390-395.

Tabata, I. (2019). Tabata training: one of the most energetically effective high-intensity intermittent training methods.ย The Journal of Physiological Sciences,ย 69(4), 559-572.

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