Work out till your muscles burn. Good strategy? Chasing the burn is never an optimal approach to physical strength.
what is “the burn”?
The burning sensation in your muscles is caused from lactic acid build up. The build up exists because you are exceeding your body’s beyond its ability to convert glucose into cellular (muscular) energy. There’s a whole lot of biochemistry behind it. All you need to know is that when your muscles burn, you are mentally one-step ahead of your body’s ability to keep up.
is “the burn” good?
Getting to the point in your workouts where you feel “the burn” is not necessarily bad, but it won’t achieve optimal results. The good news is that your lactic threshold will increase over time on the muscular endurance end of the Strength Spectrum. You only run into the problem when you are circuit training, training for reps or endurance training. If you achieve “the burn” with body weight exercises, you are already are a well-conditioned athlete.
If you want to feel the burn, light a match, Dan John, Strength Coach
The reason for pre-workout smoothies is to provide your body immediate energy for your training session. 30 – 45 minutes prior to your session is best. There is tons of research to support this. Your body needs time to assimilate the food and convert it. Drinking a Coke during your workout avoids the conversion phase, but trust me, it isn’t going to work out well.
When you design a workout program, don’t make “chasing the burn” be a goal. You do need to be aware of that biological threshold. When “the burn” happens, you need to make adjustments to your routine or your diet.
As you progress through your fitness life, you will become more attuned to your bodies needs. Give it time, but over time it becomes almost Zen-like. Your body does talk to you. . .you just have to listen.