Double Agent MET Phys

By Sarah Mengel l Accredited Exercise Physiologist
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What Is It About?

The naming process of MET Phys came from needing a name which was scientific but also made sense to those who haven’t studied exercise science or the physiology of the human body. That’s where MET Phys came from!

So our name actually has two meanings. The scientific and the lay term.

Where did the name MET Phys come from?

MET has two meanings

1. Metabolic equivalent

2. Move.Empower.Transform

A MET is a scientific term used to measure energy expenditure. Move.Empower.Transform is our vision and what we endeavour to see our clients as.

Phys well that’s easy! Physiology! We are an Accredited Exercise Physiologist who use exercise as therapy every day.

Our lay term is based upon our vision and what we are endeavouring to grow at MET Phys. MET stands for Move, Empower and Transform. We chose these words because move is movement and as exercise physiologists we are trying to improve people’s health and wellbeing through movement. The second word Empower is for empowering people to be able to self manage their exercises and encourage them to be independent through exercise. Transform is for change and using exercise as a tool to improve their health and wellbeing. We also have a number of group sessions which we have named to align with our values at MET Phys.


This class uses a combination of moderate intensity interval training and resistance training to help control blood pressure, blood sugar levels, work on reconditioning and improve cardiovascular function.


The functional fitness class which uses strength training to help those with osteopenia, osteoporosis, sarcopenia or those wanting improvements in strength.


Strength training for kids, in an individualised and supervised environment.


A mobility based class, great for those getting back into exercise, starting exercise, chronic pain or reduced mobility. Aimed at those with lower back pain, knee pain, arthritis and falls risk clients.

Now For The Scientific!

The specific terminology for MET is the metabolic equivalent. The concept of METs was designed to express the energy cost of different types of physical activity where one MET is equal to 3.5mL/kg/min of oxygen consumed. This means thatt means that every time we exercise or perform any type of physical activity, we increase our breathing rate and as we increase the intensity, we increase the amount of energy we use to fuel that exercise.

The MET system is a great measure for an individual’s functional capacity or exercise tolerance. By using specialised equations and comparing them to a table of METs for different exercises, experts can use the comparisons to design appropriate exercises for individuals. However, using METs to determine such tolerances can cause practitioners to over estimate an individual’s exercise capacity.

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To learn more about how exercise can benefit yourself or a friend, please get in touch with our Accredited Exercise Physiologists on 0745 993 165.

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