Introducing: activated protein kinase training.
AMPK is an enzyme that is in every single cell in our body- way to show up AMPK! This enzyme regulates SO many things in our bodies. Metabolism, energy, how we burn fat and help your body regulate blood sugar. Talk about being booked and busy! You can activate AMPK when you carry out endurance training (higher reps; more time under tension).
AMPK is unique in the sense that it won’t always result in a major change on the scale. So, with this style of training, you’ll need to rely heavily on your NSVs to help monitor your progress. You may see changes in your progress pictures, have more energy, lift heavier, decreased body measurements, recover easier after a hard workout, etc.
So, what are the physical benefits?
It's important to note this style of training has a major impact on your body composition. So, while some people may not see the scale move a ton, you should see significant changes in your body.
What we’re really doing with these training splits is working to activate AMPK enzymes in our cells. By doing so, you can see a ton of health benefits. Here are a few:
- Decrease in inflammation
- Increased blood flow
- Reduction in insulin resistance (this one is big, insulin resistance is directly correlated to fat gain)
- Body recomposition
AMPK causes specifically targeted muscles to improve their fatty acid metabolism, and glucose storage due to the stimulus of the training they’re receiving.
Muscles are sponges that soak up nutrients from the food that you eat. Glucose forces the rest of the body to become more efficient at using fat for fuel. Because of this, we have created a glucose vacuum where all of the muscles are sucking glucose out of the blood. This helps make other areas of your body improve their fat metabolism. In a way, this training will help your body “fat adapt”. Fat adaptation is a metabolic adjustment to ketosis, a state in which your body burns fat for fuel instead of carbs.
What can you expect from AMPK Training?
AMPK Training is all about utilizing endurance training. So be prepared to take everything you already know about strength training and do higher reps at a slower rate. This keeps your muscles under tension for longer and will activate the AMPK enzyme.