I race motocross bikes which is a high intensity sport combined with endurance.
For example we race one moto for 35 minutes than about 45 minutes later after an intermission and some other race classes we go and race for another 35 minutes. I'm wondering if in this case creatine would be worth using because it is still endurance? At the same time it is an intense sport.
I would also like to ask...Do people experience more mental focus on products such as dymatize Xpand, and NO-Xplode. I was wondering if there is any studies that show this can help athletes to focus on their day of competition? Thanks for taking the time to read this.
Thanks for the question Andrew.
I don't know a whole lot about motocross racing. I had a few friends who were racing competitively and it is a very intense sport. However, as for my direct experience, I have none.
Since motocross racing is an endurance sport requiring 100% concentration, you need a supplement that can help you focus as well as help with endurance. Can creatine help?
First, let me explain what creatine does.
From there, you be the judge as to whether or not it can be helpful with your racing. In a nutshell, creatine is used to help you stock up on, and replenish lost adenosine triphosphate or ATP reserves. ATP is a short term energy source that the body relies on first and foremost when you first exert force to move an object. This energy usually lasts for about 3 to 5 seconds. For example, the first two repetitions of a heavy bench press.
Once ATP gets low or runs out, your muscles give out - Plain and simple. Here's where creatine comes into play. Once you start to load up on creatine, your body soaks up the extra creatine and stores the majority of it in your muscles. It also stores creatine in your heart and liver but a large percentage of it goes to your muscles. Once stored in the muscles after a saturation period, usually 5 to 7 days, it is available for use as extra energy.
This extra short term energy allows you to do an extra one or two repetitions of the heavy weight that you otherwise wouldn't be able to lift.
Andrew, I'd say creatine is a very short term energy source used for explosive movements. I'm not saying you can't use creatine for motocross racing because it may be useful. However, the makeup of creatine doesn't allow for long term energy used in endurance sports. As far as I know, creatine doesn't necessarily help with mental focus.
As for products such as Xpand and NO Xplode, they are basically pre workout drinks. Xpand uses creatine and NO Xplode uses caffeine, creatine, and carbohydrates. If I was in your shoes, I'd be looking at products that offer multi stage energy sources. Something with simple and complex carbohydrates in the mix as well as plenty of electrolytes such as potassium and sodium. You may or may not want to throw a bit of caffeine or guarana (I'd go with this one) into the mix but remember, caffeine is a natural diuretic and will get rid of electrolytes faster than you normally would.
NO Xplode is a half decent choice. It has plenty of ingredients that have been shown (in studies) to work such as electrolytes, carbohydrates, creatine, and vitamins. There is also caffeine in this product. I'd say look around for products that have the following ingredients:
Complex carbohydrates - maltodextrin will do but oat flour is better;
Just remember that these products are meant to stimulate focus and energy but sometimes it can be too much. If you find you're getting too jittery or nervous, ease up on the dosage.
I hope this helps,
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