Review Article

Sports Medicine

, Volume 32, Issue 8, pp 511-522

First online:

Fatigue during High-Intensity Intermittent Exercise

Application to Bodybuilding
  • Charles P. LambertAffiliated withNutrition, Metabolism and Exercise Laboratory, Donald W. Reynolds Department of Geriatrics, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Email author 
  • , Michael G. FlynnAffiliated withWastl Human Performance Laboratory, Department of Health, Kinesiology and Leisure Studies, Purdue University

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Resistance exercise is an activity performed by individuals interested in competition, those who wish to improve muscle mass and strength for other sports, and for individuals interested in improving their strength and physical appearance. In this review we present information suggesting that phosphocreatine depletion, intramuscular acidosis and carbohydrate depletion are all potential causes of the fatigue during resistance exercise. In addition, recommendations are provided for nutritional interventions, which might delay muscle fatigue during this type of activity.