Creatine is a naturally occurring energy yielding organic acid that is synthesised naturally in the body using the two amino acids Arginine and Glycine. Creatine is known as an energy supplying acid, as it provides the fuel required to perform muscular performance in the cell of muscle tissue during maximum intensity exercise and has been shown to increase strength and power output.
During a performance, the human body relies on 3 energy systems in order for it to function most effectively.
These are known as:
ATP-PC (Adenosine Triphosphate Phosphocreatine)
The great thing about Creatine is it is the sole energy providing fuel in the first system, whereby it helps the body create and utilise its preferred fuel source for maximum intensity, short duration exercise.
When exercising, for any muscle contraction to occur, the body relies on a fuel source known as Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). Without ATP, a muscle contraction is impossible and therefore the ability of the muscle to perform is also reduced.
So where does Creatine come in?
During any power or strength based phase of exercise where maximal effort is required for a very short period of time (less than 12 seconds), the body relies solely on ATP production, whereas submaximal performance (glycolytic) done repeatedly (for up to 2-3minutes) can also utilise carbohydrates and finally long-term moderate exercise (Aerobic Oxidative) uses the same 2 fuel sources but also has the potential to burn fat for fuel as well.
But what does that mean?
Creatine when ingested orally goes through a process of assimilation to eventually be stored as Creatine phosphate in the muscle. In general terms, we can store more fuel for the ATP-PC system, causing an increase in strength, power and also strength endurance.
By utilising a Creatine supplement, you can maximise the stores of fuel in the muscle for short powerful bursts of energy above what you otherwise could do naturally. This means lifting more weight, sprinting faster, performing better and in the end getting better results.
Creatine is for anyone who is looking to enhance his or her performance in the gym, on the field or on the court. Taken daily Creatine makes you stronger, faster and more powerful.