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CREATINE SOLUTIONS

THINK OF CREATINE AND YOU PROBABLY PICTURE A GYM BRO LIFTING WEIGHTS, BUT THERE IS MUCH MORE TO THE STORY THAN BIG BICEPS. DREW PRICE EXAMINES HOW RECENT RESEARCH IS PAINTING A NEW PICTURE OF CREATINE, AS A NUTRIENT THAT CAN POSITIVELY IMPACT RUNNING PERFORMANCE

CREATINE

CREATINE

Creatine has a pretty long and glorious history compared to other sports supplements. The supplemental form, creatine monohydrate, was first taken up by Linford Christie and Sally Gunnell in the early 90s, and it’s stuck around as other wonder supplements have come and gone - in fact it’s now become the most heavily researched and widely used ‘ergogenic’ supplement on the market after caffeine.

Creatine itself is formed from two amino acids: arginine and glycine. Your body manufactures about a gram a day, and you get another from the average omnivorous diet. And no, it has absolutely nothing to do with steroids. Creatine’s job in the cell is to act as a store of the the cell’s energy currency ‘phosphate’. It’s this ‘creatine phosphate’ that’s used to restore the cellular energy molecule ATP after it’s run down as the cell consumes energy.

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Find your form with the January issue of Men’s Running. Much of our sport’s appeal is in its simplicity: stick on a pair of trainers and you’re good to go. If you’re serious about improving, however, it pays to tweak your technique. This issue is all about helping you do just that: from efficiency-improving tips from a world-renowned running specialist, to a firsthand look at a revolutionary new form of gait analysis. We’ve also got exclusive reviews of the latest stability shoe and top-to-toe kit suggestions for winter running, as well as the usual training advice, race reports, and nutrition know-how to help you run stronger than ever.