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Citius Altius Fortius Swifter Higher Stronger This is the Olympic motto and really that of any athlete involved in competition Athletes work day and night for years to transform their bodies into finely tuned machines ready to perform whatever task their sport calls for Athletes have also been known to use whatever they can to gain an advantage in training and performance As the effects of steroids became widely known and witnessed and use of steroids and things of that nature banned from most major athletic competition a new aid was sought It seems to many that the miracle potion that everyone was looking for has finally arrived It is estimated that as many as half of all Olympians who competed at the 2000 Olympic games in Sydney Australia had trained while using CreatineFrance What is startling about that percentage is that a good number of athletes competing were not involved in a sport that would see them benefit from creatine supplementation meaning that virtually all who could possibly benefit chose to use the supplement Creatine is present naturally in the body A healthy adult male has about 120g of creatine stored in their body with about ninety percent of that stocked in skeletal muscleJenkins There are three different energy resources muscles use to work each responsible for a different aspect of exercise Creatine helps only in the source used for the most intense and short-lived bouts of activity adenosine triphosphate ATP ATP in skeletal muscle has a phosphate bond that can be broken to yield Adenosine Diphospate ADP Phosphate and about 7 kcalmol of energy UCSD The creatine comes in when the ATP stores have been depleted Creatine bonds with the left-over phosphate group and carries it back to the ADP to generate more ATP This is known as the creatine-phosphate shuttle The entire process is illustrated by these equations ATP----gt ADP P Creatine phosphate ADP -------gt Creatine ATP UCSD Again
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