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When do you start to break down muscle while exercising?

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Dr. Christopher Coller
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Immediately

If we are to be technical about it, your cells are constantly undergoing a life cycle and trauma of any sort can have an impact.
Your body is designed to process the cell remains and then replace dying or broken down cells. Muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) becomes a problem especially in the elderly or in those with kidney issues when the kidneys cannot process the breakdown products.

In brief: Immediately

If we are to be technical about it, your cells are constantly undergoing a life cycle and trauma of any sort can have an impact.
Your body is designed to process the cell remains and then replace dying or broken down cells. Muscle breakdown (rhabdomyolysis) becomes a problem especially in the elderly or in those with kidney issues when the kidneys cannot process the breakdown products.
Dr. Christopher Coller
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Dr. Audie Rolnick
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: Good question

All strength training workouts break down muscle before building.
Your body needs the building blocks to build muscle after a hard workout including whey protein and carbs.

In brief: Good question

All strength training workouts break down muscle before building.
Your body needs the building blocks to build muscle after a hard workout including whey protein and carbs.
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