HMB and ATP Build Strength and Power, and Prevent Overtraining

Consuming ATP and HMB supplements during a 12-week weight-training program increased strength and power, and prevented the effects of overtraining— according to a study led by Ryan Lowery from the Department of Health Sciences and Human Performance at the University of Tampa in Florida. The test subjects practiced an eight-week weight-training program, followed by an intense two-week program designed to cause overreaching, followed by a two-week taper. Subjects consumed three grams of free-form HMB (beta-hydroxy-beta-methylbutyrate) and 400 milligrams of ATP (adenosine triphosphate) or placebo (fake supplements) daily during the study. The HMB/ATP subjects made substantial gains in strength and power during the entire study. The placebo group improved less, and regressed during the two-week overreaching phase. Supplementing HMB and ATP during intense training increases strength and power above training alone, and prevents performance decreases during periods of intense training. (Journal Strength Conditioning Research, 30: 1843-1854, 2016)

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