Elite endurance athletes, including the likes of Eliud Kipchoge and the NN Running Team, have long used Beet It Sport beetroot juice as part of their pre-race preparation
Beetroot juice research has mostly been focussed on endurance and sprint-type exercise, with the performance potential recognised by the Australian Institute of Sport and the International Olympic Committee
Emerging evidence now supports the use of beetroot juice supplementation for strength and power sports such as weightlifting.
An independent systematic review (San Juan et al., 2020), examined the existing evidence basis for beetroot juice supplementation to improve strength and power production during weightlifting exercise (i.e., bench press and squat)
Four studies were selected and included a total of 49 resistance trained males (i.e., performed resistance exercise at least twice a week)
In two of the studies, participants consumed one Beet It Sport shot ~2hrs before exercise, whilst the remaining two studies used longer-term dosing strategy of either three or six consecutive days intake.
Typically, it can take up to 6-7 weeks of resistance training to achieve a ~25% improvement in muscle power output – remarkably, a similar improvement has been shown in the above research findings from drinking Beet It Sport shots ~2hrs before training
Short-term supplementation of concentrated beetroot juice has been shown to increase muscle power and velocity, and the number of repetitions to failure during bench press exercise in resistance-trained males
Concentrated beetroot juice supplementation therefore holds promise to enhance weightlifting performance in resistance-trained males.