Training Endurance Athletes

by Nathaniel Mosher |   Date Released : 11 Oct 2004
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Nathaniel Mosher

About the author: Nathaniel Mosher

Nathan Mosher has a Doctorate degree in Physical Therapy and practices as a licensed physical therapist in the US. He is certified by the NSCA (CSCS and CPT), ISSA, USA Weightlifting and NASM and has been involved in the fitness field for over 10 years, working in public gyms as well as private studios. He currently operates his own part time company, Pinnacle Performance, where he offers online training and consultations. His primary interests are sports performance, injury prevention and body composition.

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McAloon, Melissa | 16 Dec 2010, 00:15 AM

Lactic acid changed the PH levels in your body which causes enzyme breakdown which directly causes muscle fatigue...Hydrogen ions are the free radicals broken down from metabolizing lactic acid...

Marsh, Patrick | 12 Dec 2010, 23:05 PM

I'm not sure I want to rely on an article run in the NY Times as my source for breakthroughs in exercise physiology. Could you reference the studies that say lactic acid for all sakes and purposes doesn't exist?

Sikorski, Mark | 11 Jun 2010, 12:11 PM

I have yet to read any scientific literature showing the benefits of multiple sets. The fact that multiple sets are beneficial is just an assumed fact in the fitness industry. What is the benefit of 3 set over 1, or 6 sets over 3, or 9 sets over 6 sets. It has been shown that multiple sets produce no extra benefit for an athlete (in all literature I have read). Someone please let me know if you can point me to any literature specifically illustrating gains in muscle mass or strentgh from performing multiple sets.

Riddle, James | 23 Jul 2009, 06:20 AM

The statement in tis article about lactic acid being a waste product is outdated and incorrect. Research has shown that lactic acid as a substance doesn't even exist in the body in meaningfull levels. While the cause of muscular fatigue is still not fully understood . It seems to have more to do with the buildup of hydrogen ions through Anaerobic glycolysis or another pathway altogether.

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