What’s the Deal with Creatine?

February 15, 2022 by

Head to any workout supplement store and you will likely see a whole section devoted to this supplement–brightly colored, snazzy cans promising things like “pump,” “maximizing volume” and “increasing power output.” Athletes have made creatine a benchmark staple, a daily add to their list of nutritional intake, but the question remains, just what is creatine? 

Samantha Coogan, the director of the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of Las Vegas, Nevada, offered up a quick refresher on the famous supplement for those whose knowledge is a bit rusty.

“Creatine is most often utilized by athletes engaging in high-intensity activity with short bursts of energy and power coupled with short breaks and rapid recovery,” said Coogan, who is also a registered sports dietitian nutritionist with a master’s in Exercise Physiology. “So think start-and-stop sports like football or track which require explosive movements. Creatine can allow the athlete to perform more reps by increasing muscle stamina during activity. Essentially, creatine extends the duration of work or ‘time under tension’ therefore leading to an increase in strength, size, speed.”

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