"Minimum Effective Dose" - What Does That Mean?

Discussion in 'Other' started by Steve Freides, Sep 26, 2019.

  1. Alan Mackey

    Alan Mackey Triple-Digit Post Count

    Well... I don’t drink, but that sounds just about right.
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  2. guardian7

    guardian7 More than 500 posts

    MED It is a real medical term. It means the minimum amount to have any effect. Below that threshold, it will not work at all. For example, if you take an anti-biotic, you need a certain amount of it to be effective, otherwise, there is no point in taking the medicine. There is also the maximum tolerated dose (MTD), beyond which any substance can be toxic. You could die of too much water in theory. Rhabdomyolysis (rhabdo) can result from overexertion.

    For exercise, as Anna says, it is better to see it in terms of minimum amount to progress. Even if you are not improving, just for health, any exercise will have a positive biological effect.

    This original definition is useful, but as others have noted, it is harder to apply to exercise, as especially as you age. Maintenance could actually progress if you are 50 like me and still able to do what you could decades earlier. For some of us, we have a lifespan approach to fitness. I just got my pushup standard back to when I was 29. Will impress few on this board, but it is a good result for me while doing a GTG program from an SFG2 Aleks Salkin.

    After experimenting with Strongfirst principles, it seems like the minimum is less than I though for non-competitive performance. GTG for example is something I knew about but had not done systematically until recently. Kicking myself now. Got results from a volume of only 40-100 a day 5-6 days a week doing 30 to 50 percent TRM waving. Took literally only a few min a day and had no effect on other trainig except postitive. The only exception being the 100 rep day which I scheduled before a rest day anyway.

    Strongfirst principles like understanding GTG and velocity and waving has meant that exercise for GFP is much more sustainable and takes less time and effort than I and many people thought/think who are stuck in a bodybuilding/healthclub paradigm.

    Will do a GTG set now...
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