A new idea on what causes muscle fatigue

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    Ryan
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    Now that we know lactic acid does not cause muscle fatigue, what does? Well, maybe calcium leaks. (Note: This does not mean oversupplementing with calcuim will improve your endurance, it actually will not make a difference, so don't go rushing out to buy a calcium supplement unless you have reason to believe you're deficient, in which case you should supplement under a doctor's supervision.)

    Of course, this means we have the potential for a next generation of performance enhancing drugs with unknown side effects.

    And when they gave the mice their experimental drug, the animals could run 10 to 20 percent longer.

    Then again, one predicted side effect would at least make the dangers very visible.

    “Maybe this is a protective mechanism,” he said. “Maybe fatigue is saying that you are getting ready to go into a danger zone. So it is cutting you off. If you could will yourself to run as fast and as long as you could, some people would run until they keeled over and died.”

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    r-at-work
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    “Maybe this is a protective mechanism,” he said. “Maybe fatigue is saying that you are getting ready to go into a danger zone. So it is cutting you off. If you could will yourself to run as fast and as long as you could, some people would run until they keeled over and died.”

    does anyone remember the poll that was taken several years ago where they asked “if you could take something to make you an Olympic athlete that you KNOW would kill you, would you do it?” and a scary percentage said “yes”… of course the trick would be to find something legal & healthy that would help but NOT kill you (assuming you had trained to your max already, which I doubt most people have done)

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    Ryan
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    does anyone remember the poll that was taken several years ago where they asked “if you could take something to make you an Olympic athlete that you KNOW would kill you, would you do it?” and a scary percentage said “yes”…

    Hmm, interesting poll. I might have to borrow that one some time.

    of course the trick would be to find something legal & healthy that would help but NOT kill you (assuming you had trained to your max already, which I doubt most people have done)

    That is indeed the key. The issue is that the “something” is indeed what you close with, training to your max, which is something that a lot of people aren't willing to do and that is felt to be inadequate by some who do. No matter what we do within the rules, there will always be those who want to venture outside of the rules to gain a competitive advantage. If there were some magical pill that was safe and legal, everyone would take it, then some would still look for something else to gain an advantage over everyone else.

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