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Todays Alpha males are MMA/Jits fighters not meatheads who gas 15-30 seconds after raising their heart rate. This aint the 80/90s bro.

Is this some kind of thing bodybuilders inhale? How does it work?

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Could be a thing, or could be a typo for 'gasp' (i.e. 'Todays Alpha males' are much better than 'meatheads'). –  Mitch Sep 5 '12 at 17:53
    
If it's a thing, maybe it's oxygen supplementation during exercise. –  Zairja Sep 5 '12 at 18:07

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I believe the author is talking about losing their energy after a short period of time

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This answer can be improved by citing a reputable source. –  MετάEd Sep 26 '12 at 4:20

The sentence is saying that today's MMA/Jits fighters are much more physically fit and trained than "meatheads" of the past, and thus don't "gas out," or "run out of gas [energy]" as quickly. "Gas" comes from shortening "run out of gas."

It is common in martial arts, mixed martial arts, MMA, etc. to say something like:

"I gassed out too quickly; I must not have trained hard enough."

"If you are gassing during [insert event], then you may need to [insert advice]."

You could use "becoming fatigued," "running out of/running low on energy," and "running out of steam" in the same way.

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It isn't just common in MMA. I hear the term a lot in reference to soccer players who are tired and need a substitution. –  T.E.D. Sep 5 '12 at 18:59
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Do you have any examples of someone shortening "run out of gas" to "gas"? I'm not familiar with the shortened usage. Couldn't it just as easily mean "step on the gas"? Maybe it's idiomatic in sports circles? –  Zairja Sep 5 '12 at 19:01
    
@Zairja - No, it does not mean "step on the gas". Yes, it is mostly likely idiomatic in sports circles, but that doesn't mean much considering our culture's fondness for sports metaphors. –  T.E.D. Sep 5 '12 at 19:19
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The original uses 'gas' not 'gas out'. Do you have any support that these are synonymous ('gas' by itself does not 'feel' like 'to run out of gas'. Do you have any real instances of 'gas' by itself (without the 'out')? –  Mitch Sep 5 '12 at 19:47
    
@Mitch and Zairja: I agree with you that gas by itself, logically, could go either way. But slang is not subject to logic. (Maybe I should say slang is even less subject to logic than "standard" English.) –  John Y Sep 5 '12 at 22:29

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