Must not drop the ball - literally. What vitamins will help?
June 4, 2012 4:22 PM Subscribe
Emergency: must temporarily increase muscle endurance or life will be ruined within the next 24 hours. What can I do?
posted by sarling to health & fitness (53 answers total) 28 users marked this as a favorite
The problem, in short:
Today my fiance failed a mandatory strength test for his job. He had to lift something heavy and hold it at chest height for five minutes. He dropped it with just a few seconds to go. Tomorrow, he will take the test again. If he fails, he is fired.
What legal things can we do overnight that will help him hold something heavy for a few more seconds? Are there vitamins that increase endurance? Are there breathing tricks or muscle-flexing tricks or anything else that can help?
The slightly-heartbreaking backstory:
After a lengthy period of unemployment (building trades, economy tanked, union has hundreds of members out of work), he got hired in a new field - the one he literally dropped the ball on today. Though he was hired months ago, the convoluted internal bureaucratic clearance/background check/medical records-obtaining period took an exceeding long time. He has exhausted his savings waiting for the "all-clear" to begin work, unable to do anything else in the intervening months because he knew that he would only have a few days' notice to fly out once hired. He is now halfway across the country, having invested more money in plane tickets to get to the training session for this job once he finally WAS given the all clear. Before getting on the plane, he was more optimistic than I've seen him in years, as in: now that he has a steady job, maybe we'll get married soon! maybe we can afford to have children before he gets any older! maybe! maybe!
If he drops this goddamned heavy test-object again tomorrow and they send him home, I believe it may break him. I'll just be heartbroken; he may throw himself off an overpass.
What do we do?