Supplementing Creatine Increases Cellular Energy Needs

Phosphocreatine (PCr) is a key constituent of the creatine kinase reaction, an integral process in the rephosphorylation (formation) of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is one of the key metabolites for energy production in the body, therefore through promoting the resynthesis of ATP we can increase our capacity to train. Phosphocreatine stores are limited in the body meaning it only delivers energy for a short period of time, this makes it highly beneficial to short burst, high intensity, power exercises lasting approx 6-10 seconds.

So in order to improve explosive power and endurance movements such as plyometrics, leaps, bounds and jumps, or short burst loads i.e. bench press etc then creatine monohydrate may be of interest to you.

References

Oliver, J, M., Joubert, D, P., Martin, S, E, & Crouse, S, F. (2013). Oral Creatine Supplementation’s Decrease of Blood Lactate During Exhaustive, Incremental Cycling. International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism. 23: 252-258.

 

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Job Role Qualified Dietitian and Sports Nutritionist Qualifications BSc (Hons) Sports Science | BSc (Hons) Dietetics Tom has always participated in sport both recreationally and competitively which led to an unquenchable thirst for information on anything health, nutrition and fitness. After leaving school Tom went on to play for a football academy during which time he studied Sport and Exercise Science. From here he went on to study a BSc (Hons) Sport Science at UEA followed by his second BSc (Hons) degree, this time at the University of Hertfordshire studying Dietetics. Tom has worked in the fitness, educational and clinical nutrition industry starting out at David Lloyd Health and Leisure Clubs. He then went on to work as a Dietitian (RD) in the NHS, during which time he conducted clinics for healthy eating, weight loss and weight gain, as well as specialised consultations on Diabetes, IBS and Coeliac disease to name a few. He has vast amounts of experience at devising diet plans and supplement regimens, as well as working in the community with schools and competitive athletes. As Head Nutritionist and Supplement expert at Discount Supplements Tom is here to provide current and evidence based health and nutrition information to help you reach your health and fitness goals!
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