CREATINE FOR ENDURANCE
Creatine aids in the formation of ATP, a key fuel for muscle contraction. Supplementation with creatine monohydrate has been proven to increase strength and sprint speed during short, high intensity efforts.
But is creatine useful for triathletes? An increasing number of studies suggest that — yes — it is.
While it offers few direct benefits to low intensity endurance exercise, creatine does improve performance of sprints, high intensity intervals, and strength training… all useful for those mid-race surges and race-finishing kicks.
How much do you need? A dose of 3-5 gm per day will provide the desired benefits while avoiding the typical weight gain associated with regimens that call for a creatine “loading” phase.
This off-season, consider experimenting with creatine; it’s a supplement that should not be overlooked by triathletes.