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Anaerobic Running Capacity

Anaerobic capacity refers to cardiovascular exercise that is short in duration and high in intensity, more prolonged than resistance training yet too intense to be maintained for more than a few minutes.

Research analysis led by Kamal Patel.
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Also Known As

Anaerobic exercise

Human Effect Matrix

The Human Effect Matrix looks at human studies (it excludes animal and in vitro studies) to tell you what supplements affect anaerobic running capacity
Grade Level of Evidence
Robust research conducted with repeated double-blind clinical trials
Multiple studies where at least two are double-blind and placebo controlled
Single double-blind study or multiple cohort studies
Uncontrolled or observational studies only
Level of Evidence
? The amount of high quality evidence. The more evidence, the more we can trust the results.
Outcome Magnitude of effect
? The direction and size of the supplement's impact on each outcome. Some supplements can have an increasing effect, others have a decreasing effect, and others have no effect.
Consistency of research results
? Scientific research does not always agree. HIGH or VERY HIGH means that most of the scientific research agrees.
grade-a Creatine Minor High See all 19 studies
Appears to increase anaerobic cardiovascular capacity, not to a remarkable degree however.
grade-a Sodium Bicarbonate Minor Moderate See all 34 studies
Cardiovascular exercise where failure is associated with metabolic acidosis (ie. 'the burn') appear to get benefit with bicarbonate supplementation to a small degree but reliably. For other exercises (rowing, sprinting, swimming) not characterized by the burn, the benefits are much less reliable
grade-b Caffeine Notable Moderate See all 7 studies
Appears to benefit anaerobic cardiovascular exercise, perhaps due to combination antifatigue effects and increasing power output
grade-b Beta-Alanine  
grade-b Colostrum  
grade-b Trimethylglycine  
grade-c Nitrate  
grade-c Phosphatidylserine  
grade-c Arginine  
grade-c Ashwagandha  
grade-c Eleutherococcus senticosus  
grade-c L-Carnitine  
grade-c Resveratrol  
grade-c Terminalia arjuna  
grade-c Alanylglutamine  
grade-c Arachidonic acid  
grade-c Branched Chain Amino Acids  
grade-c Choline  
grade-c Chromium  
grade-c Coenzyme Q10  
grade-c HMB  
grade-c Leucic Acid  
grade-c Maca  
grade-c N-Acetylcysteine  
grade-c Ornithine  
grade-c Panax ginseng  
grade-c Quercetin  
grade-c Taurine  
grade-c Velvet Antler  
grade-d Cocoa Extract  

All comparative evidence is now gathered in our ​A-to-Z Supplement Reference.

The evidence for each separate supplement is still freely available ​here.