by Tina Olivero

    Go Hard Or Go Home

    Metabolism, it’s that word that we know so little about yet it’s so important to our health and well-being. It’s true that metabolism is linked to weight gain or loss but contrary to common belief, a slow metabolism is rarely the cause of your weight gain.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, “Metabolism is the process by which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy. Factors which affect your metabolism are: Your body size and composition. The bodies of people who are larger or have more muscle burn more calories, even at rest. Your sex. Men usually have less body fat and more muscle than women of the same age and weight, burning more calories. Your age. As you get older, the amount of muscle tends to decrease and fat accounts for more of your weight, slowing down calorie burning.”

    Mayo experts say, “Your basal metabolic rate accounts for about 70 percent of the calories you burn every day. In addition to your basal metabolic rate, two other factors determine how many calories your body burns each day: Food processing (thermogenesis). Digesting, absorbing, transporting and storing the food you consume also takes calories. This accounts for 100 to 800 of the calories used each day. For the most part, your body’s energy requirement to process food stays relatively steady and isn’t easily changed. Physical activity. Physical activity and exercise — such as playing tennis, walking to the store, chasing after the dog and any other movement — account for the rest of the calories your body burns up each day. Physical activity is by far the most variable of the factors that determine how many calories you burn each day.”

    While it may be easy to scorn your metabolism for weight gain it’s actually your food and beverage intake and your physical activity that ultimately determine how much you weigh.

    Metabolic Meltdown

    Understanding metabolism and it’s impact on your health, is the passion of professionals at Metabolic Meltdown. “Your” metabolism is “their” business and as such, two pioneering women, Gill Whelan and Heidi Clowe, of St. John’s, Newfoundland have designed advanced metabolic programs that maximize your exercise and manage your food and beverage intake.

    Gill says, “Metabolic Meltdown is the “Google of Fitness Businesses” with its unique approach to healthy living and physical and mental betterment, is based on fun and positivity. We support metabolism with fitness, performance and strength – and a huge emphasis on fun!”

    Heidi explains the program design, “Metabolic Meltdown (MM) is a co-ed hybrid training gym, proudly serving the entire Avalon Peninsula of Newfoundland. Our team of male and females coaches, and our Registered Dietician, complete a team of passionate, professional, qualified, team, focused on your betterment. At Metabolic Meltdown we only move in one direction, and that’s forward. There’s no gimmicks, no more short cuts, no more extreme dieting, no more “one size fits all” meal plans. Our team of professionals offer you the best in fitness and nutrition that will support metabolism at the highest levels.”

    The foundation of Metabolic Meltdown’s culture lays in four foundations of Fitness, Family, Friends, and Fun, and their coaching team exemplifies the quality of life that can be obtained when the 4Fs are at the forefront of participants lives. Gill says, “Ego and judgement do not exist at MM. What does exist is a motivating, exciting, and warm atmosphere that automatically places you on a fast track toward your goals. The positivity that exists is unparalleled, and combined with our unique training system, clients are experiencing continuous improvement in all aspects of physical, emotional, and mental wellness.”

    Metabolic Meltdown gyms don’t have electronic exercise machines, rather the gym is designed to use your own body weight and strength to train with and against. Set up in carefully designed exercises the range of motion used is equipped to support our daily lifestyles, ultimately making you stronger and more apt to live in the world we live in. MM training system provides you with the opportunity to add in great workouts, and achieve results, without limiting or restricting yourself, and all while having FUN. You will never complete the same workout twice, which keeps things not only interesting but it allows for peak metabolism gain as you are constantly challenging yourself in different ways – the body has no chance to plateau. Heidi says, “Our members experience continuous results, since we never use extremes to get there and our programs are unique and challenging in the most powerful ways.”

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    Across the walls of the MM training area, you can read the larger than life sign that says, “go hard or go home”. That says it all, because the people here believe that “going hard” means having a massive commitment to yourself, your health and your overall well-being. Societal pressures and fitness industry “body shaming” campaigns have spent decades convincing people to lose weight, trim down, shrink smaller. Gill says, “It is MM’s mission to put a stop to this. This approach is not only “old school”, but also unacceptable. It’s time we all come to know who we really and embrace our “more”! It’s okay to want more, expect more, reach for more, become more. Enough with limits, it’s time for us all to realize what we are truly capable of – physically, mentally, and emotionally. Ultimately, that translates to a life worth living.”

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