creatine and cardio

Does creatine improve cardio?

Aerobic and Anaerobic Energy Pathways Before we get into whether creatine and aerobic exercise/cardio are a good fit, we need to understand the basics of how the body produces ATP. ATP, or adenosine triphosphate, is the main energy currency in the body. Regardless of whether you eat fats, carbohydrates, or [...]


Does caffeine increase strength?

Caffeine Caffeine is a popular supplement used to improve performance and increase alertness. Americans consume 200-300 milligrams of caffeine per day. As one of the most widely used ingredients in pre-workout supplements, it's important to verify its efficacy in improving exercise outcomes. The Supplement Database: Caffeine The Supplement Database currently rates 15 [...]

sports drinks

Do sports drinks improve performance?

Sports Drinks Commercially available sports drinks such as Gatorade and Powerade contain carbohydrates, electrolytes, and other nutrients. These products claim to improve rehydration and provide energy to keep workouts going longer. This presumably leads to increased strength, endurance, and overall performance gains. Given these claims, do we really need to consume [...]


Is glutamine effective in improving performance or enhancing recovery?

Glutamine Glutamine is one of the conditionally essential amino acids1. Under normal circumstances, the body makes enough. In certain instances, such as a critical illness, the body's requirement exceeds its production capability. In these times, the body needs an external (dietary/supplement) source, to meet its needs2. The Supplement Database: Glutamine The Supplement [...]

creatine and strength

Does creatine make you stronger?

Creatine and Strength Creatine and strength training go together like (insert your favorite pair). Creatine works by providing additional phosphate groups, making it easier for the body to recycle ADP back into ATP. This should theoretically improve performance in exercises which have high, short-term energy demands. We are lucky in [...]


What is creatine?

Creatine Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available on the market with sales estimated at $400 million annually1. This popularity comes for a good reason; creatine is one of the few supplements that consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in a high number of research articles. This series will go [...]


The Final Verdict – BCAAs

Branched Chain Amino Acids We've come to the end of our series on the effectiveness of BCAAs. Since we started, we've gone over potential benefits of supplementation including: strength & aerobic training applications, ability to increase protein synthesis, decrease body fat, improve recovery, and aid in weight loss. The current [...]

BCAAs and recovery

Do BCAAs speed up recovery?

BCAAs and Recovery A popular claim of BCAAs is improving post exercise recovery. Workouts cause damage to muscle tissue which the body repairs during rest. During rest, the body needs sufficient amounts of nutrients, including protein and essential amino acids to adequately recover. Because BCAAs are thought to increase protein synthesis, [...]