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Citrulline Malate: The Effects of Citrulline Malate On Athletic Anaerobic Performance And Muscle Soreness

Citrulline Malate: The Effects of Citrulline Malate On Athletic Anaerobic Performance And Muscle Soreness

Clinical Studies | May 14, 2018 | 0 comments
  • Walter Hinchman


Author information Department of Medicine, University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain. Pérez Guisado, Jakeman PM.


The purpose of the present study was to determine the effects of a single-dose of citrulline malate (CM) on the performance of flat barbell bench presses as an anaerobic exercise and in terms of decreasing muscle soreness after exercise.


Forty-one men performed 2 consecutive pectoral training session protocols(16 sets). Eight grams of CM was used in 1 of the 2 training sessions, and a placebo was used in the other. The subjects' resistance was tested using the repetitions to fatigue test, at 80% of their predetermined 1 repetition maximum (RM), in the 8 sets of flat barbell bench presses during the pectoral training session


The number of repetitions showed a significant increase from placebo treatment to CM treatment from the third set evaluated. This increase was positively correlated with the number of sets, achieving 52.92% more repetitions and the 100% of response in the last set. A significant decrease of 40% in muscle soreness at 24 hours and 48 hours after the pectoral training session and a higher percentage response than 90% was achieved with CM supplementation. We conclude that the use of CM might be useful to increase athletic performance in high-intensity anaerobic exercises with short rest times and to relieve postexercise muscle soreness. Thus, athletes undergoing intensive preparation involving a high level of training or in competitive events might profit from CM.

Citrulline Malate - Benefits Of Citrulline Malate

Citrulline Malate - Decrease in Muscle Soreness


Adapted from the journal of strength and conditioning research

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  • Walter Hinchman

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