I thought this was interesting. These data are from football/soccer players…they simulated an hour long even & tracked 20m sprint times over the course of an hour to compare supplemented vs placebo players.
This is interesting because I can see a close parallel with a mid-level crit event. Clearly, there is an advantage to supplementing with creatine. Whether or not the advantage offsets the weight gain depends, I guess.
believe the summary stated an average weight gain of 0.8kg / 1.8lbs. Hard to get excited about 1.6% improvement, but maybe not for crits. For soccer/football I guess a 30cm / 12 inch advantage is about a 1 foot lead on a defender, possibly enough to get an advantage.
If you really want to think about how creatine impacts a more cycling specific simulation…not just increased sprint power due to creatine supplementation but also the extent to which power:weight offsets the benefits of creatine, you can spend several hours thinking about the results of this study:
Just a bit of advice, though…this is one of those studies where you can’t just read the abstract and really understand the results.
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