Creatine is a fuel source that helps to rapidly produce ATP – a high energy molecule used for energy in the body. Creatine may be the most effective and well studied sports supplement known to man. In my opinion, there is no reason a CrossFit athlete shouldn’t be taking it. It’s cheap, well studied and proven effective, and has few if any side effects.
Here are 3 reasons you should take creatine:
- Creatine is most known for increasing power and strength. Dozens of studies have shown supplementing with creatine along with a training regiment can increase strength 12-20% and power 12-26%. 2 of CrossFit’s 10 skills are power and strength. Are we doing ourselves a disservice by not supplementing with creatine? You’re missing out on quite a bit of strength and power if you aren’t using it….https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/11828245/
- It increases anaerobic/aerobic capacity. Creatine has been shown to increase anaerobic (high intensity) exercise performance allowing you to go harder for longer. In short explosive exercise, ATP is the main fuel source for your muscles. Supplementing with creatine accelerates the regeneration of ATP stores faster. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12945828/
- It helps you recover. In multiple ways, creatine helps you recover. During a workout, creatine enables you to rest less in between sets, allowing you to perform more work in less time. He who recovers faster will ultimately be able to perform better day in and day out. https://www.muscleandstrength.com/articles/creatine-recovery-delayed-onset-muscle-soreness
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