Massage for Weight Lifters

Millions of people use weight training as a way to improve coordination, increase muscle mass, speed metabolism, and improve strength. When proper form is used, weight training can be very effective in helping you look and feel better.

By definition, weight training increases the amount of effort your muscles exert and challenges your metabolism to keep up with the increased energy needed to sustain those efforts.  During the process, muscles react different ways.  Sometimes weight lifters experience soreness because of microtears in the muscle fibers, or feel sore from the buildup of lactic acid and other natural body chemicals in the stressed areas.  Even when your form is perfect, all this exertion and stressing of muscles can cause aches and pains.  That’s where massage can really help.

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The Truth About Lactic Acid

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Lactic acid molecule

Since the 1960’s researchers have known that the connection between delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and lactic acid is a myth.

Lactic acid is a continual product of carbohydrate metabolism.  It holds a position as a temporary product at the end of glycolysis and at the head of the aerobic Krebs cycle.  That’s a fancy way of saying that lactic acid is formed when sugar is broken down in your body and it’s produced whenever the body breaks down carbohydrates for energy.  The lactic acid actually helps generate energy. Lactic acid is not a toxin. Then why does it get such a bad rap?

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