We have organised the book into three parts. The first part encompasses some rather basic information for you to get to grips with. This includes an overview of energy metabolism (hopefully to gain your interest), some key aspects of skeletal muscle structure and function and some simple (but necessarily basic) biochemical concepts.
The second part of the book really gets to grips with the three macro-molecules which provide energy and structure to skeletal muscle – carbohydrates, lipids, and protein. The third and final part moves beyond biochemistry to examine key aspects of metabolism, i.e. the regulation of energy production and storage.
To this end, we have a chapter on basic principles of regulation of metabolism, followed by three chapters exploring how metabolism is influenced during high-intensity, prolonged and intermittent exercise by intensity, duration, and nutrition. We also provide some pointers towards an understanding of fatigue when undergoing these activities.