Frank Matrisciano is the most secretive trainer in the world. Many also call him the toughest. But survive his training, and you’ll emerge a new (fitter, stronger) man
By MH Staff - Posted on 7th October 2013
Put the science behind Frank Matrisciano’s training program to work for you
Gyms are comfortable, convenient, and well lit – and that’s exactly why they might be holding you back. Matrisciano prefers to sweat outdoors, where the uneven terrain, unexpected hills and unpredictable weather force you to constantly adapt, encouraging consistent results.
Matrisciano gives some workouts imaginary life-or-death stakes, which help his clients push past physical and mental limits to reach new levels of performance. Chalk it up to fight-or-flight energy. The more you can tap into it, the harder you’ll go and the more progress you’ll make toward your goals.
Instead of following a “routine,” Matrisciano regularly incorporates new drills, obstacles and exercises (or exercise variations) into his workouts. Such non-linear training can lead to greater gains than less varied routines offer, notes a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.
Most trainers schedule strength and cardio sessions on separate days. Matrisciano often combines them into one workout, stringing exercises into total-body circuits with minimal rest. Known as “metabolic resistance training,” it’s the fastest way to burn fat and increase cardiovascular endurance