Effects of Sodium Bicarbonate on High-Intensity Endurance Performance in Cyclists: A Double-Blind, Randomized Cross-Over Trial.

Denne nevner at inntak av natron øker utholdenhet. Her brukte de 0,3g/kg, som blir 24g for en mann på 80kg. Det er ganske mye med tanke på at en teskje er 3g.



BACKGROUND: While the ergogenic effect of sodium bicarbonate (BICA) on short-term, sprint-type performance has been repeatedly demonstrated, little is known about its effectiveness during prolonged high-intensity exercise in well-trained athletes. Therefore, this study aims to examine the influence of BICA on performance during exhaustive, high-intensity endurance cycling.

METHODS: This was a single-center, double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled cross-over study. Twenty-one well-trained cyclists (mean ± SD: age 24±8 y, BMI 21.3±1.7, VO2peak 67.3±9.8 ml·kg-1·min-1) were randomly allocated to sequences of following interventions: oral ingestion of 0.3 g·kg-1 BICA or 4 g of sodium chloride (placebo), respectively. One h after ingestion subjects exercised for 30 min at 95% of the individual anaerobic threshold (IAT) followed by 110% IAT until exhaustion. Prior to these constant load tests stepwise incremental exercise tests were conducted under both conditions to determine IAT and VO2peak. Analysis of blood gas parameters, blood lactate (BLa) and gas exchange measurements were conducted before, during and after the tests. The main outcome measure was the time to exhaustion in the constant load test.

RESULTS: Cycling time to exhaustion was improved (p<0.05) under BICA (49.5±11.5 min) compared with placebo (45.0±9.5 min). No differences in maximal or sub-maximal measures of performance were observed during stepwise incremental tests. BICA ingestion resulted in an increased pH, bicarbonate concentration and BLa before, throughout and after both exercise testing modes.

CONCLUSION: The results suggest that ingestion of BICA may improve prolonged, high-intensity cycling performance.

Sleep in Elite Athletes and Nutritional Interventions to Enhance Sleep

Beskriver forskjellige måter søvn påvirker atleter, og hvordan søv påvirkes av mat. Nevner at høykarbo mat må inntaes minimum 1t før leggetid.


The same research group also increased the sleep time of swimmers from their usual sleep amount to 10 h per night for 6–7 weeks. Following this period, 15 m sprint, reaction time, turn time, and mood all improved [30].

Waterhouse et al. [31] investigated the effects of a lunchtime nap on sprint performance following partial sleep deprivation (4 h of sleep). Following a 30-min nap, 20 m sprint performance was increased, alertness was increased, and sleepiness was decreased when compared with the no-nap trial. In terms of cognitive performance, sleep supplementation in the form of napping has been shown to have a positive influence on cognitive tasks following a night of sleep deprivation (2 h) [32]. Naps can markedly reduce sleepiness and can be beneficial when learning skills, strategy or tactics [32]. Napping may also be beneficial for athletes who have to wake early routinely for training or competition and those who are experiencing sleep deprivation [32].

Pain Perception

It is well accepted that individuals with chronic pain frequently report disturbed sleep (changes in continuity of sleep as well as sleep architecture). However, there is also recent evidence suggesting that sleep deprivation may cause or modulate acute and chronic pain [36]. Sleep deprivation may thus enhance or cause pain, and pain may disturb sleep by inducing arousals during sleep. A cycle may then eventuate, starting with either pain or sleep deprivation, with these two issues maintaining or augmenting each other [36].

Athletes may experience pain as a result of training, competition and/or injury. Evidence, although minimal at this stage, suggests that athletes may also have lower sleep quality and quantity than the general population [16]. Therefore, appropriate pain management as well as adequate sleep is likely to be very important for athletes from both a pain and sleep perspective.

A small number of studies have investigated the effects of carbohydrate ingestion on indices of sleep quality and quantity. Porter and Horne [52] provided six male subjects with a high-carbohydrate meal (130 g), a low-carbohydrate meal (47 g), or a meal containing no carbohydrate, 45 min before bedtime. The high-carbohydrate meal resulted in increased REM sleep, decreased light sleep, and wakefulness [52].

Practical Applications

In the first instance, athletes should focus on utilizing good sleep hygiene to maximize sleep quality and quantity. While research is minimal and somewhat inconclusive, several practical recommendations may be suggested:

  • High GI foods such as white rice, pasta, bread, and potatoes may promote sleep; however, they should be consumed more than 1 h before bedtime.
  • Diets high in carbohydrate may result in shorter sleep latencies.
  • Diets high in protein may result in improved sleep quality.
  • Diets high in fat may negatively influence total sleep time.
  • When total caloric intake is decreased, sleep quality may be disturbed.
  • Small doses of tryptophan (1 g) may improve both sleep latency and sleep quality. This can be achieved by consuming approximately 300 g of turkey or approximately 200 g of pumpkin seeds.
  • The hormone melatonin and foods that have a high melatonin concentration may decrease sleep onset time.
  • Subjective sleep quality may be improved with the ingestion of the herb valerian; however, as with all supplements, athletes should be aware of potential contaminants as well as the inadvertent risk of a positive drug test.

The Truth About Exercise

Dokumentar om høy-intensitetstrening:

Mer om HIIT (Peak 8) fra Dr.Mercola her:

Introvideo til Peak 8 prinsippet for trening: http://youtu.be/BT5hRYXmxSE
Artikkel om Peak8 treningen: http://fitness.mercola.com/sites/fitness/archive/2012/02/10/phil-campbell-interview.aspx
Les artikkelen og se den nederste videoen for å få et inntrykk av hvor intenst treningen skal være de 30sek som intervallene varer.

Relationship between daily physical activity level and low back pain in young, female desk-job workers.

For mye trening og for lite trening gir ryggsmerter. Akkurat passe mye trening er best.




The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between daily physical activity (PA) level and low back pain (LBP) in young women.


Two hundred forty three female, desk-job workers aged 20-40 voluntarily participated in the study. The participants were assessed by the use of Oswestry Disability Index for measuring LBP disability and by the use of the short version of the International Physical Activity Questionnaire for PA assessment. The 1-way ANOVA test was used for comparing the mean values according to the physical activity level groups. Correlations between the average LBP disability score and all the other variables were obtained using Pearson’s correlation analysis. The level of statistical significance was p < 0.05.


Significant differences were found for LBP disability score between the results of 3 different PA groups (p < 0.05) (low, moderate and high PA groups). The correlation between the average LBP disability score and body weight (r = 0.187, p < 0.01), body mass index (r = 0.165, p < 0.01), vigorous MET score (r = 0.247, p < 0.01) and total PA MET score (r = 0.131, p < 0.01) were significant.


The main finding of this study is that there is a U-shaped relationship between PA and LBP disability score in young women. A moderate level of daily physical activity and preventing body weight and fat gain should be recommended in young, female desk-job workers in order to prevent and manage low back pain.

Melatonin prevents mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance in rat skeletal muscle.

Om hvordan melatonin beskytter mitokondriene i muskler og insulin resistens.

Teodore et.al. 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24981026


Melatonin has a number of beneficial metabolic actions and reduced levels of melatonin may contribute to type 2 diabetes. The present study investigated the metabolic pathways involved in the effects of melatonin on mitochondrial function and insulin resistance in rat skeletal muscle. The effect of melatonin was tested both in vitro in isolated rats skeletal muscle cells and in vivo using pinealectomized rats (PNX). Insulin resistance was induced in vitro by treating primary rat skeletal muscle cells with palmitic acid for 24 hr. Insulin-stimulated glucose uptake was reduced by palmitic acid followed by decreased phosphorylation of AKT which was prevented my melatonin. Palmitic acid reduced mitochondrial respiration, genes involved in mitochondrial biogenesis and the levels of tricarboxylic acid cycle intermediates whereas melatonin counteracted all these parameters in insulin-resistant cells. Melatonin treatment increases CAMKII and p-CREB but had no effect on p-AMPK. Silencing of CREB protein by siRNA reduced mitochondrial respiration mimicking the effect of palmitic acid and prevented melatonin-induced increase in p-AKT in palmitic acid-treated cells. PNX rats exhibited mild glucose intolerance, decreased energy expenditure and decreased p-AKT, mitochondrial respiration, and p-CREB and PGC-1 alpha levels in skeletal muscle which were restored by melatonin treatment in PNX rats. In summary, we showed that melatonin could prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and insulin resistance via activation of CREB-PGC-1 alpha pathway. Thus, the present work shows that melatonin play an important role in skeletal muscle mitochondrial function which could explain some of the beneficial effects of melatonin in insulin resistance states.

An acid-sensing ion channel that detects ischemic pain

Nevner mange interessante ting om hvordan lav pH som følge av CO2 ikke er det samme som lav pH som følge av f.eks. melkesyre(laktic acid). De sier at melkesyre og ATP må være sammen for å gjøre pH-sensitive nerver aktive. Noe som skjer ved hard trening hvor ATP lekker ut fra muskel cellene. Laktat aktiverer ASICs umiddelbart, mens ATP er «treg» og det skjer i løpet av 30-60 sekunder. Kanskje denne overaskelsen i nervesystemet er utgangspunktet for sentralsensiteringen som skjer ved DOMS?


Paradox number 2 answered: coincident detection of lactate, ATP and acid

We are left with a seemingly more profound paradox: how can acid be relevant to ischemic pain if no pain is caused by metabolic events such as hypercapnia that can cause the same kind of pH change that occurs during a heart attack? Pan et al. (13) demonstrated the paradox most convincingly. They measured the pH on the surface of the heart when a coronary artery was blocked and found that it dropped from pH 7.4 to 7.0. Then they reperfused the artery and had the animal breathe carbon dioxide until the resulting hypercapnia dropped the pH of the heart to 7.0. The blockade of the artery caused increased firing of sensory axons that innervate the heart, but the hypercapnia did not. How can this observation be reconciled with their other result (see above) that buffering extracellular pH greatly diminishes axon firing during artery occlusion? The simple interpretation is that protons must be necessary to activate the sensory axons, but cannot by themselves be sufficient. In other words, something must act together with protons to activate the axons.

We searched for compounds released during ischemia that might act together with protons to activate ASIC3. We found two: lactate and adenosine 5′-triphosphate (ATP). When the channel is activated by pH 7.0 in the presence of 15 mM lactate, the resulting current is 80% greater than when lactate is absent (Figure 6). These are physiological values. Under resting conditions, extracellular lactate is about 1 mM in skeletal muscle; after extreme ischemic exercise it rises to 15-30 mM (26). The increased current in the presence of lactate makes the channel better at sensing the lactic acidosis that occurs in ischemia than other kinds of acidosis such as the carbonic acidosis when an animal breathes CO2.

Extracellular ATP rises to >10 µM when a muscle contracts without blood flow (27). We find that a transient appearance of such extracellular ATP can greatly increase ASIC3 current even for minutes after the ATP is removed (Figure 7).

Though they both increase ASIC3 current, lactate and ATP have qualitatively different effects. Lactate acts immediately and must be present for the ASIC current to be enhanced. ATP increases the current slowly – a peak is reached between 15 s and 1 min after ATP is applied – and the effect persists for minutes after ATP is removed. Also, lactate acts on every cell that expresses ASIC3 whereas ATP acts on some cells but not others. We find that lactate acts by altering the basic gating of the channel, which, surprisingly, involves binding of calcium in addition to protons (28). In contrast, the ATP binding site must not be the ASIC3 channel itself; there are a variety of purinergic receptors, some of which are ion channels and some of which are G-protein-coupled receptors. We are presently asking if any of these known receptors might mediate ATP modulation of ASIC3.

Oxygen regulation and limitation to cellular respiration in mouse skeletal muscle in vivo

Denen Studien sier noe ekstremt viktig: Oksygen, mye eller lite, har ingen ting med regulering av cellerespirasjon å gjøre annet enn å være tilgjengelig som et substrat (altså noe cellene kan leve på). De nevner at oksygen bare blir et problem om det går under 2-3 mmHg. Og at blodceller virker som enn buffer ved at de slipper av oxygen for å holde det ovenfor

Marcinek et.al. 2003. Oxygen regulation and limitation to cellular respiration in mouse skeletal muscle in vivo.


Therefore, we reject a regulatory role for oxygen in cellular respiration and conclude that oxygen acts as a simple substrate for respiration under physiological conditions.

LOW OXYGEN TENSIONS are characteristic of active muscle. During maximal aerobic exercise, intracellular PO2 in skeletal muscle falls to as low as 2–3 mmHg based on an average myoglobin (Mb) saturation of ∼50% (2427). The intracellular oxygen tension at the maximal rate of sustained exercise sets the lower end of the range of physiologically relevant intracellular PO2 values. These values are just above the threshold where isolated mitochondria (12,29), isolated cells (3940), and intact muscle (28) begin to become oxygen limited. Thus the intracellular PO2 reached during heavy muscle exercise may approach the threshold for limiting cellular respiration in vivo.

Experiments in isolated mitochondria and cells have shown that the respiration rate remains relatively constant over the physiological PO2 range (1236), with a clear reduction occurring only at PO2 below 2–3 mmHg.

Our in vivo results from the mouse hindlimb indicate that until a threshold PO2 is reached (2–3 mmHg), there is no effect of oxygen tension on the phosphorylation state of the cell.

In mouse skeletal muscle in vivo, oxygen tension in the physiological range had no significant effect on cellular respiration over a threefold range of baseline rates of oxygen consumption. This is the expected outcome if oxygen is acting as a simple substrate with no significant regulatory role under physiological conditions.

Thus we found no evidence for a change in the relationship between respiration rate and intracellular PO2 with a greater than threefold increase in the fully oxygenated respiration rate. This leads us to conclude that oxygen is not limiting to cellular oxygen consumption and, therefore, does not play a significant role in regulating cellular respiration in vivo under these conditions.

Studies on exercising human muscle support the conclusion that oxygen tension in skeletal muscle does not fall to levels low enough to significantly inhibit cellular respiration except under extreme physiological conditions [i.e., maximum oxygen consumption (V̇O2 max) in trained individuals]. These studies indicate that Mb saturations at the aerobic capacity of human skeletal muscle are ∼50% in vivo (2.4 mmHg) (2427). Our results indicate that above this intracellular PO2, there is little effect of oxygen tension on the cellular respiration rate over the range tested in the present study.

Decreasing the capacity for oxygen delivery by breathing hypoxic air was found to drop Mb saturation below the 50% level and to reduce oxygen consumption during exercise (26). In contrast, supplementing oxygen by breathing of hyperoxic air during a maximum oxygen consumption test either did not effect or resulted in a small increase (∼10%) in V̇O2 max (625).

The transition between oxygen-independent and oxygen-dependent respiration in vivo also occurs in this range of intracellular oxygen tensions (2–3 mmHg). Therefore, an important role of Mb in skeletal muscle may be as an oxygen buffer to help maintain intracellular PO2 above the point at which it becomes limiting to cellular respiration.

In conclusion, the findings of the present study lead us to reject the hypothesis that oxygen plays a regulatory role in cellular respiration over the physiological range of intracellular oxygen tensions. This conclusion is based on the absence of interaction between [PCr], pH (and therefore phosphorylation state), oxygen consumption, and PO2 above 3 mmHg over a greater than threefold range in oxygen consumption rates. These results are consistent with the hypothesis that oxygen acts as a simple substrate for cellular respiration over the physiological range of oxygen tensions.

One-set resistance training elevates energy expenditure for 72 h similar to three sets.

Denen Studien nevner mange interessante ting om Resting Energy Expenditure, altså energien kroppen bruker til å reparere seg etter trening. Vanligvis bruker kroppen 60-75% av energien bare på å opprettholde en fysiologiske funksjoner under hvile, mens i 72t etter trening kan den økes med 6%, eller ca. 420 kJ. Denne studien viste at det var lite ekstra økning om man gjorde en enkelt 15 min økt, eller om man gjorde det 3 ganger.

Heden et.al. 2011. One-set resistance training elevates energy expenditure for 72 h similar to three sets.


Resting energy expenditure (REE) accounts for approximately 60–75% of an individual’s daily energy expenditure (Dolezal and Potteiger 1998Hunter et al. 2000Lemmer et al. 2001Pratley et al. 1994). Determining modalities that increase REE is important as small perturbations in REE can have a significant impact on the regulation and maintenance of body weight (Dolezal and Potteiger 1998Hunter et al. 2000Lemmer et al. 2001Pratley et al. 1994). Unlike aerobic exercise, which results in significant increases in energy expenditure during, and for a short time following cessation of the activity, the energy expenditure during resistance training (RT) is relatively low (Melby et al. 1993Phillips and Ziuraitis 2003), but the increase in energy expenditure after the cessation of the activity and between RT session may be elevated (Dolezal et al. 2000Melby et al. 1993Taaffe et al. 1995).

The REE also corresponds pretty good to the progression of DOMS. But is also, as anything else we have looked at, not correlated to the intensity of DOMS.


Results indicated that both the RT protocols elevated REE by ~ 420 kJ (6%) after 24 h in absolute and relative to fat-free mass and this elevation was maintained in both protocols for 72 h post RT bout.


The results of this investigation support the current ACSM recommendation for RT, which is one set of eight to ten exercises focusing on the major muscle groups (Haskell et al. 2007). Although this recommendation is most often cited for overall muscular fitness, the fact that a single set can elevate REE for 72 h may be an important modality for weight management.


The importance of increasing REE may be with the interaction between REE and energy balance. Increasing REE sufficiently could possibly result in a negative energy balance that could prevent an increase in fat mass.


These factors include elevated body temperature, resynthesis of glycogen from lactate, ion redistribution, replenishment of oxygen stores in blood and muscle, resynthesis of adenosine triphosphate and creatine phosphate, circulation and ventilation, and residual hormone effects (Bahr 1992Bangsbo et al. 1990Borsheim and Bahr 2003). However, it seems that these processes are associated with temporary elevations and do not explain prolonged REE elevations observed beyond 24 h post exercise (Bahr 1992Bangsbo et al. 1990Borsheim and Bahr 2003).


For, example, although not measured in this study, myofibrillar protein turnover (Kim et al. 2005) could increase REE and has been shown to account for as much as 20% of REE (Welle and Nair 1990). In addition, sympathetic nervous system activity may be related to changes in REE. For example, low volume RT has been shown to increase muscle sympathetic nerve activity (Pratley et al. 1994) and to elevate rates of muscle protein synthesis and breakdown up to 48-h post-exercise. Finally, changes in insulin or IGF-1 may contribute to alterations in the repair and resynthesis of skeletal muscle that may contribute to an elevation in REE beyond 24 h (Nindl et al. 2009).

ACE ID genotype affects blood creatine kinase response to eccentric exercise

Hvordan genetiske forskjeller gir økt disponering from CK respons fra trening.


Unaccustomed exercise may cause muscle breakdown with marked increase in serum creatine kinase (CK) activity. The skeletal muscle renin-angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in exercise metabolism and tissue injury. A functional insertion (I)/deletion (D) polymorphism in the angiotensin I-converting enzyme (ACE) gene (rs4646994) has been associated with ACE activity. We hypothesized that ACE ID genotype may contribute to the wide variability in individuals’ CK response to a given exercise. Young individuals performed maximal eccentric contractions of the elbow flexor muscles. Pre- and postexercise CK activity was determined. ACE genotype was significantly associated with postexercise CK increase and peak CK activity. Individuals harboring one or more of the I allele had a greater increase and higher peak CK values than individuals with the DD genotype. This response was dose-dependent (mean ± SE U/L: II, 8,882 ± 2,362; ID, 4,454 ± 1,105; DD, 2,937 ± 753, ANOVA, P = 0.02; P = 0.009 for linear trend). Multivariate stepwise regression analysis, which included age, sex, body mass index, and genotype subtypes, revealed that ACE genotype was the most powerful independent determinant of peak CK activity (adjusted odds ratio 1.3, 95% confidence interval 1.03–1.64, P = 0.02). In conclusion, we indicate a positive association of the ACE ID genotype with CK response to strenuous exercise. We suggest that the IIgenotype imposes increased risk for developing muscle damage, whereas the DD genotype may have protective effects. These findings support the role of local RAS in the regulation of exertional muscle injury.

Creatine-Kinase- and Exercise-Related Muscle Damage Implications for Muscle Performance and Recovery

Denne beskriver det aller meste om CK ifh muskelskade under trening. En av få faktorer som korresponderer med DOMS.

Baird et.al. 2012. Creatine-Kinase- and Exercise-Related Muscle Damage Implications for Muscle Performance and Recovery.


However, raised levels of serum CK are still closely associated with cell damage, muscle cell disruption, or disease. These cellular disturbances can cause CK to leak from cells into blood serum [6].

Skeletal cell numbers are established before birth. These cells are designed to last a lifetime and are not subject to turnover and recycling processes that occur in many other cell types. Growth in muscle mass happens in magnitude only (hypertrophy via growth hormone and testosterone). While hypertrophy is readily reversible (atrophy), loss of muscle cell numbers as a result of damage would be progressively more serious.

Unaccustomed exercise, particularly eccentric muscle contractions, initiates mechanical muscle damage of varying degrees [8]. Metabolic muscle disturbance is thought to result in release of cellular components through a cascade of events, which begin with depletion of ATP and result in the leakage of extracellular calcium ions into intracellular space, due to both Na-K-ATPase and Ca2+-ATPase pump dysfunction. Intracellular proteolytic enzyme activity can increase and promote muscle protein degradation and augmented cell permeability, which allows some cell contents to leak into the circulation [910].

Some individuals are found to have high levels of serum CK compared to other similar individuals when exposed to the same exercise protocol (including moderate exercise) even when main comparability factors such as gender, age, and training status are accounted for in data analysis. In some cases, this variability may indicate an underlying myosis, but in many other cases the cause is unknown [7].

Base levels of serum CK in general populations are variable 35–175 U/L [16] with ranges from 20 to 16,000 U/L, and this wide range reflects the inconsistent occurrence of subclinical disorders and minor injury, genetic factors, physical activity status, and medication [17].

In examples of rhabdomyolysis (clinically diagnosed muscle damage) CK levels have been found at 10,000–200,000 U/L and as high as 3×106 U/L [18]. Such levels clearly signal strong disturbance or disintegration of striated muscle tissue with concomitant leakage of intracellular muscle constituents into the circulation. In the absence of specific myocardial or brain infarction, physical trauma, or disease, serum CK levels greater than 5,000 U/L are generally considered to indicate serious disturbance to muscle [10].

It has been proposed that higher than normal levels of tissue CK activity may augment the availability of cellular energy and improve myofibril contraction responses [21].

Serum CK levels alone may not provide a fully accurate reflection of structural damage to muscle cells [2223]. Some studies have reported that serum CK levels were affected by hydration status prior to eccentric exercise and varied within subject groups of comparable male volunteers, whilst muscle biopsies revealed similar ultrastructure damage to Z-band muscle fibres. Muscle soreness did not differ between groups [24].

Considering the significant increase in CK levels which have been found as a result of high-intensity exercise compared to lower intensity [2930], the decrements in performance experienced [2931], and higher levels of PGE2 reported [33] even when exercise volume is standardised suggests that higher-intensity exercise will cause the greater disruption of cell membranes; however, with adequate recovery, it may also elicit the greatest adaptations to exercise in the shortest time.

When activities occur that deplete ATP levels, such as physical exercise, glucose depletion, or hypoxia, AMPK is activated. When activated, it in turn stimulates a range of physiological and biochemical processes and pathways that increase ATP production and at the same time switch off pathways that involve ATP consumption. Recent work has shown a strong correlation between a sedentary lifestyle, inactive AMPK, and morbidity diseases such as metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes, and dementia [56].

The role of CK in energy management is maintenance of PCr levels to provide an immediate energy supply in the first few seconds of physical activity. It is likely that AMPK has a role in controlling CK activity, and some work has demonstrated that AMPK may regulate CK and is sensitive to the Cr : PCr ratio and that increased creatine levels stimulate AMPK activity [57].

For example eccentrically biased exercise (e.g., downhill running) will elicit greater postexercise levels of serum CK than equivalent concentrically biased exercise (e.g., uphill running) though the former is less energy metabolism demanding than the latter [41]. This highlights the integrated complexity of metabolism and mechanical damage as eccentric-biased exercise is associated with increased indices of muscle damage (i.e., DOMS) which is mainly a result of micro-damage within the myocyte [5960].

ATP levels never deplete to critical levels; this is because the sensitivity of ATP is set very high to guarantee that they never deplete, so a slight reduction in high ATP level triggers an early protective reaction.

Exercise modality can affect the appearance of CK in blood serum. Eccentric resistance training CK serum levels can peak between 72 hrs [3145] and 96 hrs [67] to 120 hrs [4] (see Figure 3(b)). Training status may affect this time response. Full body eccentric resistance training in resistance trained (RT) and untrained (UT) men elicited a significant (UT 𝑃=0.002, RT 𝑃=0.02) increase in CK serum levels at 24 hrs. This signified the peak response in the RT group, whilst levels in the UT group continued to rise and peaked at 72 hrs [68]. However, three sets of 50 maximal eccentric leg flexion contractions in untrained men resulted in a significant (𝑃<0.05) increase in CK serum levels at 24 hrs; levels decreased over the next 2 days followed by a nonsignificant (𝑃>0.05) increase at 96 hr [23], and 10 sets of 10 reps of 70% body mass barbell squats incorporating eccentric and concentric contractions in non-resistance-trained males and females resulted in a peak serum CK response at 24 hr after exercise. A series of plyometric jumps performed over 2–5 minutes by untrained men produced a peak CK serum response at 48 hrs [69], and 90 minutes of endurance cycle ergometer exercise at a set absolute workload (1.5 kilo ponds at 60 revolutions per minute) performed by untrained men three days consecutively caused a significant (𝑃<0.05) increase in serum CK levels 3 hours after the first exercise session and peak CK serum levels occurred immediately after the third day of exercise, 72 hrs from the initiation of exercise [6] (see Figure 3(a)). Stepping exercise resulted in a CK serum increase in women at day 3, whereas, there was no significant increase in CK serum levels in men performing the same protocol (see Figure 3(c)).