|You better make sure you are competing in / training for the right sports before you spend you get all excited about a 46% performance increase|
Personally, I'd say that this is mostly a result of the disappointment of users of the mostly extremely underdosed "nitrate supplements" experienced. The not exactly earth-shattering effect sizes that have been reported in many of the more recent studies were are another factor... the 46% increase in time-trial performance and the albeit non-significant 27% difference to the caffeine-only trial, on the other hand, has the potential to rekindle the interest of any athlete for whom longer duration high intensity work at 80% of his / her individual VO2max doesn't sound like HIIT gone wrong ;-)
Whatever, ... the big news is that the effects add up perfectly
Within the health and fitness community people are always on the lookout for new pills to pop. If you look at the "regimen" some of them post on pertinent bulletin boards, you sometimes have to scratch your head and ask yourself, whether this guys & gals even eat anything else but supps.
|Figure 1: Ratings of perceived exertion at 80% ̇ VO2max, left; total time trial performance (cycling at 80% VO2max to exhaustion) in s, right (Handzlik. 2013)|
- Handzlik, M. K., & Gleeson, M. (2013). Likely Additive Ergogenic Effects of Combined Preexercise Dietary Nitrate and Caffeine Ingestion in Trained Cyclists. ISRN Nutrition, 2013.