Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Feel the Afterburn; Fitness Make Your Workout Last with Classes That Continue to Shed Calories Long after You've Left the Gym, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Feel the Afterburn; Fitness Make Your Workout Last with Classes That Continue to Shed Calories Long after You've Left the Gym, Says Phoebe Luckhurst

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Byline: Phoebe Luckhurst

XERCISE depletes you.

ETrying something totally new leaves muscles overwrought and seizing, but even your normal routine drains, and therefore legitimises a palliative glass of wine afterwards. The twinges do prove that you've done some good -- though living out the cliche "no pain, no gain" is about as fun as it sounds, especially when you're trying to walk downstairs.

Therefore you need to be economical. Keep working out, of course -- but since doing so is so unpleasant/boring, ensure you are maximising any possible reward. In which case, the specific effect you are looking for is afterburn, which sounds like it might be catching but is, in fact, a catchy shorthand for "excess post-exercise oxygen consumption", or EPOC.

Very simply: really hard exercise requires so much oxygen to charge the muscles that, after a while, the demand outstrips the supply. This creates an oxygen debt and, accordingly, your body must work overtime in order to remedy the imbalance. During this debt period you will (imperceptibly) be breathing more quickly, which increases your metabolism, and thereby burn more calories. Or: the higher your resting metabolic rate, the more you can eat every day.

The effects of the best classes can last as long as 36 hours, which means that a couple of 45-minute classes every week could equate to almost a whole week's worth of exercise (sort of ). Third Space's new class, AfterBurner, centres on just that. It's a highintensity circuit class that its trainer, Luke Barnsley, terms "hardcore". The 45-minute session, offered at all four of Third Space's clubs, involves TRX ropes, kettlebells, battle ropes, treadmills and body-weight exercises. Barnsley estimates that the potential afterburn effect of such a class could last as long as two days.

"You'll lose weight in the first week," he avows. "You'll feel better by the second week, and other people will notice by the third week." Though it takes work -- the afterburn effect isn't a sort of get-out-of-gym-free card. "To get serious results, like the results 'You'll where people are stopping you and asking 'What is your secret? …

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