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Free Diving After Working Out - Am I Hurting my Gains?

ElderScrollsEric

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So at my local athletic club, I have been working out in the gym 5-7 days a week, and then I typically go in the pool and try for max distance swims. What I was curious about is if I do it in this order, am I diminishing the potential gains I could be seeing? Perhaps this is a better question for a health and fitness forum, but I can't seem to find any information out there on this topic. Perhaps its an erroneous worry, but I was thinking that since I am depriving myself of oxygen multiple times as far as I can handle for around a 45 minute session per day, I might be doing damage to my muscles since working out entails breaking down your muscles to build them back stronger, but if I am holding my breath I fear I could be interrupting this process of reconstruction.
 

7BDiver

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This is something you may need to create a log book for and have fun experimenting with. As long as you keep a consistent regimen you may be able to determine if the effect works in favor. As with any exercise regimen, if you specifically train for one thing you will see better results than non-specific training, it just depends what you are trying to get out of it. Below are some studies that may be of interest to your specific focus. Generally short term hypoxia will not induce blunting of protein synthesis as the body has robust metabolic reserves.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24690432/ "These findings suggest that hypoxic resistance training elicits more muscle hypertrophy associated with a higher growth hormone secretion, but that the greater muscle hypertrophy did not necessarily contribute a greater gain of muscle strength."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5260579/ Hypoxia exposure can be a strong hormonal stimulus but one must find the right balance and intensity "However, reversing these conditions does not allow to sustain the benefits gained under hypoxia."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191550/ "We report new findings on the response of MPS and associated anabolic signaling to 3.5 h of exposure to simulated hypoxia (breathing 12% O2) at rest and after acute RE."
 

ElderScrollsEric

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Jun 3, 2021
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This is something you may need to create a log book for and have fun experimenting with. As long as you keep a consistent regimen you may be able to determine if the effect works in favor. As with any exercise regimen, if you specifically train for one thing you will see better results than non-specific training, it just depends what you are trying to get out of it. Below are some studies that may be of interest to your specific focus. Generally short term hypoxia will not induce blunting of protein synthesis as the body has robust metabolic reserves.

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24690432/ "These findings suggest that hypoxic resistance training elicits more muscle hypertrophy associated with a higher growth hormone secretion, but that the greater muscle hypertrophy did not necessarily contribute a greater gain of muscle strength."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5260579/ Hypoxia exposure can be a strong hormonal stimulus but one must find the right balance and intensity "However, reversing these conditions does not allow to sustain the benefits gained under hypoxia."
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191550/ "We report new findings on the response of MPS and associated anabolic signaling to 3.5 h of exposure to simulated hypoxia (breathing 12% O2) at rest and after acute RE."
Wow! What a response! Thank you so much that is a wealth of information
 
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