It is tempting for academics and students of exercise physiology to inadvertently focus on the catabolic side of energy metabolism. After-all, this is the metabolic driver of the energy that is released to fuel muscle contraction. However, adaptation to exercise stress is dependent on a series of post-exercise anabolic processes.  Such processes restore muscle and liver glycogen and triacylglycerol, build proteins, and deal with numerous cellular waste products such as urea and ammonia.  These topics are also very important for a comprehensive understanding of exercise physiology.

Recommended sequence of topics:


Glycogen synthesis

Liver gluconeogenesis

Liver free fatty acid synthesis

Triacylglycerol synthesis

Blood lipid production and regulation

Review of genes, chromomsomes, DNA and RNA

The genetic code

Muscle protein synthesis

Urea production