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Immune System and Exercise: Recovery and Diet Really Are Important

The immune system plays an interesting role in exercise, recovery, and adaptations from exercise. In an article I read years ago I had read that delayed onset muscle soreness (that soreness we get 24-48 hours post-exercise) tracks well with the timeline for the immune system response to that exercise session. In other words, we might become sore from exercise due to the fact that the immune system is attacking/repairing the damage that we did.   Peake et al had an...

Overreaching and Olympic Lifting

It’s very difficult for high-level Olympic lifters to continue to make gains as a result of training. In a classic study, Hakkinen et al had determined that an elite strength and power athlete is fortunate to increase their strength by 1-2% a year. As a result, there are always new ways being sought out to help with this.   One idea is short-term overreaching. The idea behind this is to overtrain athletes for a very short period of time, usually...