We don’t think of protein as a way to improve cardiovascular performance in the same light as we do with strength gains. If protein improves strength, does it also do the same with cardio? More specifically, does soy protein improve cardiovascular performance?
Creatine is a somewhat rare supplement in that there is plenty of evidence that backs its use. It improves strength, enhances recovery, and increases muscle mass. It does not however, work on every activity. The evidence on creatine use to improve aerobic activity, high intensity exercise, sprints, and decrease body fat is at best, mixed.
What we know about creatine means that it should be a perfect match for this short but high intensity type of exercise.
There are fundamental problems with supplementing creatine in order to improve aerobic performance. While creatine definitely helps improve anaerobic performance, there is much less evidence to suggest it does the same in an aerobic environment.
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 more sugar in order […]
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 research on BCAAs shows potential […]
BCAAs and Aerobic Exercise In the previous post (BCAAs and Strength Training), we discussed whether BCAAs were effective in increasing strength. The same reasons BCAAs SHOULD increase strength are the same reasons they SHOULD increase aerobic performance. In this post, we’ll go over research specifically looking into BCAAs and aerobic exercise performance. Research on BCAAs […]
Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available. When thinking of its possible benefits, we typically imagine gaining muscle, strength, and overall size. Rarely do we think creatine has the potential to increase cardiovascular or aerobic performance.