From the Archives: It’s Time to Stop Talking About “Supercompensation”

by Jonathon Sullivan MD, PhD, SSC and Mark Rippetoe | February 15, 2019

The term “supercompensation” appears in the biomedical literature in the early twentieth century, not in the context of physiology, but in the context of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory – and that, right away, should raise a red flag. In any event, the term was first appropriated in English by physiologists in 1950, to describe changes in muscle glycogen content during recovery from different workloads.

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