I had an amazing opportunity to go and visit Nike’s House of Metcon. What is Metcon? I’m glad you asked; Metcon is short for metabolic conditioning, it is a Crossfit devil consisting of a few exercises repeated AMRAP-style. AMRAP stands for As Many Reps As Possible. It is 20 minutes of 5 different workouts, for example; jump squats, low boat, yoga push-ups, and lunges will make for a good circuit using nothing but your own body weight.
It was incredible to spend not one session, but I also was lucky enough to show up on the wait list and get in on a second session the next day (July 15 & July 16). I was very lucky, and now I want to share my experience with you.
You are shuttled in to the house, which was located in Manhattan Beach, California. Once you arrive you are greeted by the staff and are directed to the front desk where you check in your stuff. You are encouraged to keep your cell phones on you, and also encouraged to take photos. The women are directed into a room, which was the Brahaus. There we were fitted for a bra, the Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded, and we got to keep the bra. That blew my mind.
Then we were taken to the garage where we did our 20 minute circuit workout with Nike trainers. I loved the trainers, they were super encouraging, and went through all the exercises to ensure you have good form and are doing it correctly. They gave us towels that has the ‘NTC: Nike Training Club’ on them. We got to use them during our workout, and then they told us we could keep the towels. We were given coconut water, and then taken to a movie theater like room for recovery. The trainers told us to tally up our individual scores (by counting our reps per exercise), and we were told that anything between 150 and 200 is on point, and where we need to be. We tallied up our individual scores; on day one my score was a 166 (after losing 25 seconds to take weights off the bar), and the next day (day two) my score was a 150 (not bad for being sore from the day before).
Ah, the recovery, my favorite part. We got to put on air compression boots which helps with circulation, helps to recover faster, and also feels incredible. My legs felt like brand new. We were also handed recovery shakes from Revive RX and the chocolate is my favorite. During our recovery we got to learn all about the new Nike Training Club app, which has incredibly challenging workouts, and is now geared for men and women. They have more exercises to choose from, and you can search workouts that fit you. you can search for 15 minute workouts, you can search for workouts that use bodyweight only; its amazing. I’ve used it for several workouts myself, and I discovered you can add a workout you did to it. I added both of my House of Metcon workouts to it. My Nike Running app syncs to the NTC app, and you can also register for Nike events on the NTC app. You can change the location to anywhere in the world. I love the new NTC app.
Next it was on to learn about nutrition, and how to fuel your body. Chiefs were there on hand to not only cook for us, but also to explain to us just how important it is to fuel your body correctly. The food we were served was dedicant, it was gluten and diary free. It is called paleo, which is high protein and vegetables. Its a diet I have been personally following for a while months now, and I have never felt better. My son is also on the same diet, he is sensitive to gluten and he is also lactose intolerant, which means no diary. My son loves this diet, although, getting a 10 year old to eat vegetables is always a challenge. He’s meat and potato’s all the way.
As they say, all good things must come to an end. I received my goody bag, and I was on the shuttle back to where I parked my car. It was a truly unique experience; to train, to recover, and to be treated like an elite athlete. It really opened up my eyes, this showed me just how truly strong I am (mentally and physically), that I am capable of so much more than what I’ve been doing, I developed a workout schedule (with help of the Nike staff that were there), but most importantly that I really need to step up my training. I need to stop being intimidated by training, I can do it, I got this.
Thank you Nike for allowing the public to experience what it is like to train, and be treated like an elite athlete. I feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to do this, I know this event filled up quickly. Thank you for giving back to us, who train, to us who work out, to us who are constantly working on improving ourselves, thank you.