I am a college track athelete, most of my friends are college football players(it just wasn't for me), anyway every year at around this time they go through a "metabolic lifting phase". They do 8 weightroom workouts over a 12 day period. (Mon-Lift, Tues-Lift, wed-off, Thurs-Lift, Fri-Lift). On monday and thursday of the two weeks, the guys lift BEYOND FAILURE ON EVERY SET OF THE WORKOUT. Once they hit failure their spotter will essentially move the weight for them. The result is guys puking all over the place (they actually set up buckets in the weightroom) and then continuing to lift after throwing up.
as far as I have read puking is one of the worst things that an athelete can do during a training session
-Puking is one of the most catabolic things you can do to your body. If your goals are increased muscular strength and/or muscular hypertrophy, you should do everything possible not to puke during your training!- (Joe Defranco)
So what exactly is the purpose of this "Metabolic Phase" that the coaches at my school swear by. Does it serve some purpose in increasing endurance or something or is it just one of those old school football training ideas i.e. "water during practice makes you weak", etc. that really has no place in a modern training program?
I'd love to hear your opinions on this as well as any articles you guys might have that could further explain what these guys are up to. Thanks.