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2005/07/29 16:36:08 (permalink)
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do we have a limit on performance

I read somewhere that we humans will reach our physical limits soon.
Eg weightlifting, they will come a point we we just cant get any stronger, cause our bones wont take it.

or say running a mile in under 3 minutes, I believe impossible.


I think records will be beaten in the future by fractions of seconds or a few kilograms , but nohting huge in my lifetime.


What happens , once we reach our physical limits.
post edited by scottishstu - 2005/07/29 16:37:26
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    APB
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 16:43:22 (permalink)
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    The rate of performance improvement is certainly slowing, but I don't believe it will ever stop. It's just getting exponentially slower. Plus you have to factor in the next generation of drugs (gene therapy/AAV IGF-1/myostatin inhibitors etc...) which might kick things up a gear.
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    windymill
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 16:43:51 (permalink)
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    Perhaps we will continue to physically evolve ourselves. Some scientists think our little fingers (pinkies) will disappear as we have little use for them. Its hard to know what will happen though as Darwins theories of survival of the fittest will be reduntant for humans because medical science keeps people who would otherwise die young or at birth alive.
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 16:46:14 (permalink)
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    I mean as in lifting, we can get stronger muscles, but will our bones handle it,
    or running, we can get better lung function,


    but cant see our legs going so fast we

    sprint 100 meters in 6 seconds.
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 17:11:53 (permalink)
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    I think it would be interesting to see a 'Juiced' games where any performance enhancing drugs are allowed and see what sort of times,distances and lifts are set. I think like Apb said that improvement is slowing but won't stop. Take example of Lance Armstrong winning 7 tour de frances in a row, people thought noone would be able to beat 5 in a row as set by the likes of Indurain. But i think it will be a while before someone beats 7 in a row.
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    scottishstu
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 17:16:05 (permalink)
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    not meaning wins in a row, but actuall top speeds, etc,

    how fast has the 100metre sprint improved in the last 40years, about 1.3 seconds
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 17:20:38 (permalink)
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    I think it would be interesting to see a 'Juiced' games where any performance enhancing drugs are allowed and see what sort of times,distances and lifts are set.

    You've been seeing it since the seventies with the eastern bloc countries!
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 17:24:32 (permalink)
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    cant see us honestly running as fast as a cheetah,


    even with all the chemicals and gear in the world


    or as strong as a bear.
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    Onizuka
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 17:27:19 (permalink)
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    We won't lose our pinky fingers unless there's an evolutionary pressure to change. Ie. people with smaller pinky fingers somehow manage to be more prosperous and have more children, then the average pinky length would decrease, however it wouldn't dissapear, unless there was a mutation giving only 3 fingers, which also made the 'mutant' more successful than 4 fingered people. So pretty unlikely lol.
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 18:00:30 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: scottishstu

    cant see us honestly running as fast as a cheetah,

    even with all the chemicals and gear in the world

    or as strong as a bear.


    Hey speak for yourself, everytime i deadlift i envision myself becoming a bear in order to lift the weight, works pretty good. Now just to go find myself a real bear for a test

    I see your point though, we'll never be as fast as a cheetah but then genetically we aren't designed for those sorts of speeds. There is no need for us to be able to reach those speeds.
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 18:28:12 (permalink)
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    Don't see why records won't keep getting smashed, with or without help. Sport is getting more and more popular, with more and more money being put into it - people get into sports sooner, know more and more about nutrition, and have more reasons to suceed than previously. Throw in the odd genetic freak and you're away.
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    RE: do we have a limit on performance 2005/07/29 19:37:57 (permalink)
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    who knows what the future will hold I think genetic science will help break a few boundaries, new chemical are being invented all the time and they found that gemran baby that any a genetic 'disorder' which cuased him to bulk like crazty and not stop putting on muscle mass (dunno what's happened to him recently, Iread this in an old copy of Muscular development), but scientists in german were trying to isolate the gene that cause this to happen. who knows what they'll be able to do.

    I think basic nutrition and hygene have got about as far as they can in terms of improving health. By this I mena, we basically know probably as much as we ever will.
    Basic hygene and nutrition was what caused our ancestors not to live as long or be as big.
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