Can Collagen Protect you from Rhabdomyolysis?
If you pay attention to fitness news, you may have seen a bit of buzz building recently about something called “rhabdomyolysis.” Rhabdo is an extremely serious syndrome in which muscle tissue breaks down, releasing debris into the blood stream which can cause swelling and pain but also, in untreated cases, organ failure or even death. But the scariest thing about Rhabdo is that it can strike quickly and unexpectedly. Plus, it’s becoming more and more commonly linked to two of the most popular exercise trends of the current moment: spin class and High Intensity Interval Training. How can you protect yourself?
Rhabdo has been on the medical radar for a long time and can be caused by a variety of rare circumstances such as snake bites and being struck by lightning (no, really), but the number of cases from non-traumatic injuries has been rising worryingly and the connection between Rhabdo and workouts like spin class is well documented. Spin classes are well-loved because of their high-energy group environment and high calorie burn, but those things combine to create a perfect recipe for injuries. Rhabdo occurs during spin classes when a fitness newcomer, someone who has not trained or warmed up before the class or is not used to the level of exertion required, pushes themselves to keep up with the instructor and the rest of the attendees. Their muscles cannot sustain that level of activity and so they break down, literally.
When exercising in new ways, especially in ways that require new levels of exertion, it’s important to protect yourself and your muscles. Start with strong, healthy muscles by stretching regularly and by beginning a Gym & Tonic regimen. Gym & Tonic is a collagen protein supplement that contains 18 amino acids which support and heal muscle tissue for stronger, well-fed muscles and shorter recovery periods between workouts. However, it’s also important to know your limits and listen to your body; never jump into a new exercise without stretching and always pay attention to signs that you are overexerting yourself. Rhabdo can be avoided by going at your own pace and not trying to push yourself harder than you are able. You’ll still get a great workout and you’ll avoid dangerous health consequences.