International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences Vol. 6(1), pp. 1 - 9
DOI: 10.13189/saj.2018.060101
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Influence of Sustained Beta-Alanine Supplementation on Body Composition and Physical Performance in College-aged Males Seeking Military Commission


Daniel Jaffe 1,*, Jennifer Hewit 1, Jason Cholewa 2, Alexander Bedard 1, Tracey Matthews 3, Brian Thompson 3, Samuel Headley 3
1 Department of Physical Education, United States Military Academy, United States
2 Department of Kinesiology, Coastal Carolina University, United States
3 Department of Exercise Science and Sport Studies, Springfield College, United States

ABSTRACT

The present study was designed to investigate the effects of chronic ingestion of a proprietary beta-alanine supplement on body composition, indices of strength and power performance, and markers of cardiovascular endurance in physically active, college-aged males commissioning within the armed services. Subjects (n = 30) participated in four separate testing sessions, both pre and post assessment consuming either 6.0 g/day beta-alanine or Placebo supplementation for 6 weeks. Parameters evaluated included body fat percentage (BF%), fat free mass (FFM), vertical jump (VJ), 1 repetition maximum back squat (SQ) and bench press (BP), and a repetition maximum bench press (RMBP) at 75% of the attained maximum, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2peak), respiratory exchange ratio (RER), lactate threshold (LT), and peak lactate concentration. For all variables, no significant interactions existed across condition and time (p > .05). In addition, for all variables, no significant differences existed between conditions (p > .05). Beta-alanine did not show any benefit for improving body composition or physical performance parameters in this group of individuals.

KEYWORDS
Beta Alanine, Strength, Endurance, Military

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Daniel Jaffe , Jennifer Hewit , Jason Cholewa , Alexander Bedard , Tracey Matthews , Brian Thompson , Samuel Headley . "Influence of Sustained Beta-Alanine Supplementation on Body Composition and Physical Performance in College-aged Males Seeking Military Commission." International Journal of Human Movement and Sports Sciences 6.1 (2018) 1 - 9. doi: 10.13189/saj.2018.060101.