|Figure 1: Pilot study data. Relative Peak Power values during the 6 repeated sprints in sample|
subject #1. The two conditions were Cr+Sb = Creatine combined with sodium bicarbonate and
Cr = Creatine alone. Values are in means. W/kg = Watts per kilogram.
From personal experience, I can tell that even 1 teaspoon of baking soda (which is far less than the amount used in this study) before workouts may make a significant difference. If you are using caffeine-laden pre-workout products, it may also prevent nasty gastrointestinal side effects in the form of high stomach acid.
- Cr+Sb produced 7% greater relative peak power and 4.6% greater peak power values than placebo, and
- Cr+Sb demonstrated the greatest attenuation of decline in relative peak power over six repeated sprints.
- However, in contrast to our hypotheses, no benefits from either supplementation were observed for relative mean power, fatigue index, and perception of fatigue.