Being a masters athlete has many benefits. We hold wisdom from having years of training and competing under our belt; we gain from having more money to spend on the latest equipment; if we've retired we even benefit from the time and freedom to train and compete whenever we want.
A body that simply isn't keeping up. We take longer to warm up, soreness is almost a permanent status, and those old injuries don't seem to be going anywhere fast.
We try everything to slow down the "physical aging" process, from improved diet and 6am yoga to knee braces and epsom salt baths. Does any of it work? It's hard to be sure.
Then there's supplements. Where so many report to improve athletic performance, there could be potential for some products to work even better as we get older. HMB is one of these supplements.
So, what is HMB?
HMB is a well researched sports supplement well known to improve strength and endurance capacity in active individuals (1). HMB also has a body of evidence pointing to its benefits in both both exercising and non exercising older adults. To fully understand the basics of HMB is and what it does, read here.
Now, while we won’t proclaim for one second this is fountain of youth type stuff, we thought we would put together a quick and dirty assessment of the current published research to answer the question: How Can HMB Help the Masters Athlete?