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The Assault Concept

ION’s High Intensity Functional Interval Class 

Fast becoming South Wales’s number 1 fitness class; at ION Strength and Conditioning we have developed the highly energized High Intensity Interval Functional Interval class, The Assault Concept. These sessions are open to all levels of fitness and our coaches guide individuals through the session in a highly motivating and friendly environment.

Classes include low skilled, functional exercises that are all scalable to match the needs of an individual. The Assault Concept will see individuals light up their metabolism allowing for an effective fat burning session whilst maintaining/or even increasing lean muscle mass. From a performance aspect, individuals will develop their aerobic power and lactate threshold. These sessions are ideal for anyone looking to improve aesthetically, work on general fitness or increase conditioning for sports performance.

Sessions will utilise the latest cardio equipment in the fitness industry from Concept 2 Ski Ergs and Rowers to Assault Bikes aka the Devils Tricycle, these pulse raising activities are interspersed with other full body multi joint exercises such as Prowler Pushing, Battling Ropes, Sand Bags, Tyre Flipping, Ball Tossing, Kettlebells and much more.

So what are the actual benefits of The Assault Concept?

  1. Energy System Development

During The Assault Concept there is great demand placed on both the aerobic (Oxidative) and anaerobic (ATP-PC/Glycolysis) energy systems. The aerobic system requires oxygen to convert nutrients to ATP (molecule that provides the body with energy) in a process that is slower than the anaerobic system. With the anaerobic system it is able to create energy quickly from carbohydrates stored in the body while producing the by-product lactic acid. This involves a breakdown of glucose without the use of oxygen. Individuals are able to utilize the anaerobic system for short busts of exercises lasting no more than a couple of minutes before reaching the lactate (anaerobic) threshold and as a result the body enters what is know as oxygen debt. The lactate threshold is reached when an individual trains at an intensity where lactic acid accumulates at a rate faster than it can be removed. When hitting the lactate threshold an individual will experience a feeling of uncomfort which is a result of the lactic acid causing a muscle burning sensation along with the inevitable fatigue factor. The Assault Concept classes help to increase an individuals lactate threshold allowing the delay in the accumulation of lactic acid and as a result will slow down the resulting fatigue during bouts of high intensity efforts.

During the rest intervals of the Assault Concept it is time to repay the Oxygen Debt that the body has incurred during the work period and the aerobic system is critical for this. During this phase, the heart and lungs work together to repay the oxygen debt and breakdown the built up lactic acid. Oxygen is used to access stored carbohydrates and convert into energy.

Individuals who are able to utilize both the aerobic and anaerobic systems can endure longer periods of high intensity work. The Assault Concept is a way of improving aerobic and anaerobic power and capacity in the same training session through repeated bouts of high intensity exercise followed by short rest periods working on a 1:1, 2:1 (Work : Rest Ratio). As all sessions incorporate full body movements this elicits a higher heart rate response, as opposed to sessions that are targeting movements that are continually repeated without much variety and not using larger compound (multi joint) exercises.

  1. EPOC (Excess Post Exercise Oxygen Consumption)

Working your body at high efforts triggers a spike in your metabolism, where the body continues to consume oxygen and burn calories long after the workout has finished. This is known as EPOC. The reason the body continues to burn calories after the session is it is using energy to restore itself back to its resting state, this is known as homeostasis. Depending on how demanding the session has been EPOC, can last up to 24 hours, as a result the calories you burn in a training session may not be significant but the amount you can potentially burn in the aftermath of a tough session is considerable. So from an aesthetics perspective, if individuals are looking at reducing body fat then this is a big benefit of The Assault Concept.

  1. General Physical Preparedness

With The Assault Concept not only are individuals developing their energy systems, they are also increasing all aspects of fitness that is hugely beneficial to developing General Physical Preparedness (GPP) through lifting, pushing, pulling, throwing awkward objects, this is great for building all round strength but the real advantages of developing your GPP is that you will be able to increase your work capacity on a day to day basis as well as becoming more robust as individuals, its proven that the stronger the individual becomes the less susceptible to injuries they are.

 

Why The Assault Concept?

  • Development of an individuals Energy Systems (Aerobic and Anaerobic)
  • Reduce Body Fat Composition whilst maintaining/increasing Lean Muscle Mass.
  • Increase an Individuals General Physical Preparedness
  • Increase Sports Performance
  • Reduce day to day Injuries

 

The Assault Concept membership at ION Strength and Conditioning is £35 pcm.

If you are interested in becoming a member then email info@ioncardiff.com

 

Robin Sowden-Taylor, ASCC

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