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Lactic Acid is Fuel

posted by DL Byron on May 16, 2006

The NYTimes reports today that Lactic Acid Is Not Muscles’ Foe, It’s Fuel. The theory about lactic acid and human performance was based one of the classic mistakes in the history of science and Dr. Brooks has devoted himself to proving it wrong.

My coach told me about these studies months ago, as well as a cycling buddy and physical therapist. What they’ve both concluded is that basic fitness principles have been around since the 50s and the next wave of progress is with breathing and getting oxygen to the muscles. It’s also not a matter of how much lactic acid you produce (I’ve been tested), but how fast you clear it out.

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