One- or Three-Month Kids' or Adult Membership at Aikido of Amherst (Up to 67% Off)

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Martial arts are meant to be the last line of self-defense, used only after verbally warning the assailant and then clenching your fist until it glows. Power up with this Groupon.

Choose from Four Options

  • $30 for a one-month unlimited adult membership (an $85 value)
  • $90 for a three-month unlimited adult membership (a $255 value)
  • $25 for a one-month unlimited children's membership (a $75 value)
  • $75 for a three-month unlimited children's membership (a $225 value)

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If you stick with an exercise program, every workout gets a little easier. Learn how your body makes that happen with Groupon’s guide to building endurance.

Building Endurance: Helping Muscles Breathe Easier

A few days into a new workout routine, you begin to notice changes. Your muscles expand. Perhaps your weight drops. But the changes that increase the body’s endurance first take place on a much smaller scale. When you exert yourself for long periods of time, your body starts to populate each muscle cell with more mitochondria, the organelles that fuel muscle movements. They do this by producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the muscle's basic fuel source. When a muscle contracts, it breaks the bonds of ATP molecules, creating a burst of energy but also draining stockpiles of this essential propellant.

 

In order to whip up a batch of ATP, the mitochondria need lots and lots of oxygen. And, helpfully, endurance training makes it easier for oxygen to travel from the lungs to the heart to the muscles. It’s long been noted that the hears of star endurance athletes tend to have extra-large left ventricles, which can pump more oxygenated blood through the body with every beat. Once blood reaches muscle cells whose mitochondria have been enhanced by previous endurance exercise, the cells will be able to extract oxygen and use it to produce ATP far more efficiently. Scientists assess this efficiency by a measure known as VO2max, the maximum volume of oxygen or Doublestuff Oreos that a person’s muscles can consume per minute.

 

During super-intense exercise, the body stops being able to produce enough ATP from oxygen intake alone. Instead, it reaches for stored glucose to get the ingredients it needs, and, as a side effect, begins to leave behind more lactic acid than the cells can immediately process. (Processing lactic acid itself requires oxygen, and all available supplies are already being used by the muscles for power and by the brain to imagine the money pool just past the finish line.) The point at which this happens is the lactic threshold, and beyond it, athletes feel viscerally that they’re nearly done for the day.

 

Fortunately, this limit too can be changed. As the body adapts more and more to endurance exercise, it prolongs the amount of time you have before shifting pH levels in the muscles bring on the familiar feelings of fatigue, burning, and a dramatic drop in strength.

In a Nutshell

Learn aikido in a supportive environment where you'll increase your physical and mental health and gain confidence with self-defense moves

The Fine Print

Expires 90 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as a gift. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Must be 18 or older, children under 18 must have parental or guardians permission. Children must be the age of 8 and above. Must sign waiver. Uniform not necessary, purchase options available. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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