Downward Slide To Exhaustion

Downward Slide To Exhaustion It's obvious when you've reached your limit in the weight room. You can't raise your arms for another rep. According to research published in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise things get a little more complicated when hitting the wall during a long-distance run. But the outcome is the same.

Researchers had 9 elite level triathletes run to exhaustion on a flat indoor track at a constant velocity of 95% individual capacity. As fatigue starts to set in, the body is forced to adapt to stiffness, modifying your stride in a way that decreases the force of your forward movement. This, in turn, requires you to expend even greater energy to keep running, accelerating the rate of fatigue.

True Strength Moment: This study demonstrates that exercise form is the first thing to suffer as you get tired. That's true whether you're lifting weights, swimming, peddling a bike or running. Since poor form can contribute to injury, it's a good idea to give your workout a rest when you feel your body working outside well-practiced parameters.
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