According to this research published by the Human Performance Laboratory at Ball State University, daily doses of these drugs substantially increased muscle mass & strength when used as part of a weight lifting program. In the study, 36 men & women (average age 65) were given doses of either Advil, Tylenol, or a placebo. All the pills were made to look the same and neither the participants or the scientists knew who had what pills.
They were then given a weight lifting training program which they followed for three months. Muscle changes were then measured using an MRI. They found that the ones taking the placebo had much less improvement than the ones taking either the ibuprofen or the acetaminophen.
Would this work for jogglers?
Certainly, building muscle mass and strength is a benefit for runners and jogglers too. So, there may be some benefit to taking a few of these pills during the tough part of your training. I know I’m not much of a pill popper but if this could really improve the effectiveness of my training, maybe I should. According to this discussion at Runner’s World, there are many marathon runners who swear by the use of pain killers prior to, during and after races.
It’ll definitely be a thing to consider during training for the next marathon.
How do you feel about taking pain killers during training or racing?