Do What You Want, Or Do What Works?

The achievement of your goals doesn't hinge on personal preferences; it requires action.

At SUFFERCITY, despite perceptions, less than 15% of the time is spent on our Xebex non-motorized runners, averaging less than 9 minutes per day.

Indeed, periods of running can feel extended, but remember, SUFFERCITY also serves as a mental training hub, purposefully incorporating such challenges.

At SUFFERCITY, our approach to movements differs from the usual focus on specific body parts or movement patterns, prevalent in conventional fitness and athletic training.

We acknowledge these perspectives, but we also account for metabolic activity, often misunderstood and labeled as 'cardio'.

SUFFERCITY's method integrates physique development, athletic performance, and, most importantly, impacts on your metabolic engine (Tarnopolsky, M. A., 2008). Training energy systems can enhance metabolic activity alongside physique and performance improvements (Poehlman, E. T.,1995).

Instead of managing weight by decreasing calorie intake, we focus on increasing metabolic heat, offering a significantly different approach.

This strategy is vital for overall health and sustainable wellness. While reducing calories involves merely 'not eating', enhancing metabolic health necessitates 'doing the work', yielding additional benefits beyond calorie burning (Warburton, 2006).

Often, the most beneficial activities for metabolic health are the ones most people avoid. However, at SUFFERCITY, we encourage you to face these challenges head-on (Bouchard, 2015).

If running isn't your favorite, and you feel that 15% of a training program dedicated to running is excessive, reframe your perspective. Consider it as energy system development, a method to transform your metabolism into a powerhouse of calorie-burning activity (Kemmler, 2014).


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  5. Kemmler, W., Scharf, M., Lell, M., Petrasek, C., & von Stengel, S. (2014). High versus moderate intensity running exercise to impact cardiometabolic risk factors: the randomized controlled RUSH-study. BioMed research international, 2014.

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