Pushing too hard in the gym could lead to serious condition

Typically, in the strength training adaptation phase, you create a little bit of injury to the muscle, but the strength comes from when that muscle heals itself and you recover. Rhabdomyolysis happens when you create more injury to the muscle than your body can adapt to.

Pushing yourself past your limit during endurance training or performing excessive weightlifting may make you feel a sense of personal accomplishment. However, doing so can lead to a serious condition called rhabdomyolysis.

Typically, in the strength training adaptation phase, you create a little bit of injury to the muscle, but the strength comes from when that muscle heals itself and you recover. Rhabdomyolysis happens when you create more injury to the muscle than your body can adapt to.

And when a muscle is severely damaged, its fibers can break down and leak a protein into the bloodstream that can get stuck in the kidneys.

Rhabdomyolysis can cause kidney failure. It can cause multiorgan system failure. And it can become a big cascade where people can get really, really sick and people can even die from rhabdomyolysis.”

Symptoms to look out for include out-of-proportion muscle soreness and dark, brown-colored urine.

Dr. Asplund says to prevent rhabdomyolysis, take a gradual approach to training and listen to your body.

“If you feel like, “I can’t do another burpee,” then it’s probably time to stop rather than continuing to push through because that’s what the rest of the class is doing or that’s what your inner competitive self wants to do.”

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