Mark Homer |

Voluntary exhaustion

Training until you just cannot continue is horrendous – but what causes us to decide that we cannot keep going? The GB Rowing Sport Science Team explore the research.

Studying sport science at university is a popular choice for those who weren’t quite (or in my case, nowhere near) good enough to make it as an athlete.

While the opportunity to still wear a tracksuit and talk about sport all day is enjoyable, there is a less appealing requirement that isn’t highlighted in the university prospectus. Participating in exercise research trials is unavoidable, and often uncomfortable – fasted training (not eating before you exercise), thermometers in unfamiliar places, and the classic test to train to voluntary exhaustion.


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