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Taking it to the limit

Grueling metabolic testing tells athletes how far their bodies can go

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Photographs by John Sykes Jr.

Volunteer Zack Damon runs on a treadmill to demonstrate a metabolic test at the University of Central Arkansas Human Performance Laboratory, while associate professor Michael Gallagher (far left) and student assistant Nathan King monitor his progress.

Conway triathlete Erika Setzler has a goal.

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Exercise and sport science associate professor Michael Gallagher (left) and student Nathan King remove a mask and wires from ... + Enlarge

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Michael Gallagher points out results from his metabolic test of volunteer Zack Damon. + Enlarge

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Volunteer Zack Damon shows off the results from his metabolic test at UCA’s Human Performance Laboratory. + Enlarge

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