Wednesday, April 26, 2006

How does creatine work?

In your body, you have a compound called adenosine tri-phosphate (ATP). When your body needs energy, it taps into these energy-containing compound. One phosphorus atom breaks off from ATP, converting it into adenosine di-phosphate (ADP). This process of ATP turning into ADP releases the energy which gives your muscles the ability to contract. What creatine does is release phosphorus to combine with ADP to get ATP.

FAQ

Q: So how does having more ATP do anything to help us?
A: More ATP, in simple terms, means more energy. This energy can be used to work out harder and hence you will experience better gains.

Q: Aren't carbohydrates and fats sources of energy as well? Why creatine?
A: Yes, carbs and fats should be your primary sources of energy. However, it takes longer to tap into such sources especially in activities requiring short, quick bursts of energy. This burst of energy can be used to finish the last repetition which you may be unable to complete. (More work means better gains.)

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