Lactate – Friend or Foe


Where does lactate fit into the picture, Greg Brock just nails it:

There’s even a physiological correlative to this when you push into oxygen debt, you back off just a little bit, your body learns to utilize the lactic acid for fuel, lactic acid plus oxygen is pyruvic acid and guess what? – we are right back in the Krebs cycle again. What happens is your body learn to create more enzymes that speed up that reaction of lactate back to pyruvate and when you do workouts like that, that’s why it’s so effective.

Why do we keep preaching that lactate is bad? It is a fuel, learn to metabolize it and make it your friend. Read Tim Noakes, Lore of Running for more on the role of lactate. Oh by then way it is not lactate that causes soreness. That is another issue for another time. Read the Noakes book and it will expand your vision.

Vern Gambetta

Vern Gambetta

Director at Gambetta Sports Training Systems
Vern is the Director of Gambetta Sports Training Systems. He has been the a conditioning coach for several MLS teams as well as the conditioning consultant to the US Men's World Cup Soccer team. Vern is the former Director of Conditioning for the Chicago White Sox and New York Mets. He has lectured and conducted clinics in Canada, Japan, Australia and Europe and has authored six books and over one hundred articles related to coaching and sport performance in a variety of sports. He has a BA in teaching with a coaching minor and an MA in Education with an emphasis in physical education from Stanford University.
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