Citrulline Malate fails to improve German volume training performance in healthy young men and women

CHAPPELL, Andrew, ALLWOOD, Daniel and SIMPER, Trevor (2018). Citrulline Malate fails to improve German volume training performance in healthy young men and women. The Journal of Dietary Supplements.

[img] PDF
Chappell-CitrulineMalateFailsToImproveGrman(AM).pdf - Accepted Version
Restricted to Repository staff only until 21 November 2019.
All rights reserved.

Download (182kB)
Link to published version::


Background: Citrulline malate (CM) is purported to buffer lactic acid, enhance oxygen delivery, and attenuate muscle soreness. Anaerobic exercise trials with CM have produced conflicting results. Objective: The aim of the current investigation was to test the efficacy of CM on resistance training (RT) with the hypothesis that CM would improve performance. Design: A double-blind, counter-balanced, randomised control trial was utilised to assess the effects of CM on RT. 19 subjects (8 female) (25.7 ± 7.7 years), regularly engaged in RT consumed either 8 g of CM (1.1 : 1 ratio) or a placebo (6 g citric acid). Subjects attempted to perform a German Volume Training (GVT) protocol comprising 10 sets of 10 repetitions of barbell curls at 80 % of their one repetition maximum. Results: Repeated ANOVA suggested no effect of CM on RT performance (treatment × time × order p = 0.217). There was no difference (p = 0.320) in the total number of reps over the ten sets (CM median = 57, IQR 45 to 73; placebo median = 61, IQR 51 to 69). Blood lactate and creatine kinase did not differ between CM and placebo (p > 0.05). Finally, total muscle soreness was reduced significantly in CM compared to placebo (treatment × time × order p = 0.004). Conclusions: These results require corroboration; an ergogenic benefit is yet to be established and weight trainers should exercise caution when assessing the efficacy of CM. Future research should focus on the potential effects of loading doses of CM.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Sheffield Business School Research Institute > Service Sector Management
Departments: Sheffield Business School > Department of Service Sector Management
Identification Number:
Depositing User: Andrew Chappell
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2018 12:49
Last Modified: 11 Dec 2018 11:45

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics