Does anyone here have asthma or understand how it works? Why would we want/need to use it during a fight?
I'm pretty sure, and this is like, just my opinion man, but, I'm pretty sure an overwhelming majority of people on earth have asthma. The question isn't whether you have it. The question is, at what level of exertion does it hit you.
There are people who just have asthma, where they can have an attack just walking down the road. Then there are people who get exercise induced asthma. For some people it hits them at say, and I'll use a cycling term here, 70% FTP (functional threshold power), and for others it hits at like 98% FTP.
It's the only way to explain how an overwhelming majority of ultra elite endurance athletes have "asthma". Those mother fuckers do not have asthma attacks, unless they are running a marathon at a pace faster than you can run 400m. Or cycling up the side of a mountain, faster than you can ride on a flat. You get the idea.
If you don't think you have asthma, it's possible you've never put yourself deep enough into the pain cave for it to rear its ugly head.
It's fucking bizarre for someone who doesn't normally have it. It feels like your ears are popping, or you're underwater, or in a tunnel. Everything gets echoey. Breathing gets harder. You start to get tunnel vision.
That’s interesting, I had no idea this existed on such a large scale. Is it like a “regular” asthma attack where you can’t breathe because your lungs aren’t contracted, in addition to what you said?
I don’t think I have it. I’m 31 right now. From ages 5 to 18 I played competitive basketball for school and in leagues (among other sports). Since I graduated I just play recreationally. But I have trained Kickboxing and Muay Thai on and off for the last decade. I don’t know what threshold I’ve reached, but I’d say it’s pretty close to 90-95 percent. For years in basketball we ran suicides, up and down the bleachers over and over, laps around school, defensive drills until we couldn’t stand up or we were throwing up.
Between running, biking, sparring and high interval training, I’ve pushed myself pretty damn hard. It’s probably why I have tendinitis in both knees. I’m sure there’s a level I haven’t reached before, and I’m not arrogant, there are plenty of people who work harder than me.
Perhaps I haven’t been far enough yet, maybe I don’t have it. Idk. Either way, I believe you, that’s pretty interesting and makes sense from a biological perspective.