I was wondering if you need to cycle off of creatine or pre work out supp? Thanks
Most people do cycle their creatine, and will take a few weeks off every now and then.
As far as pre workout supps, some people will cycle these because a tolerance builds up to the stimulant effects of these products with continued use.
So yes and yes.
I used to cycle creatine. But I don't really have any reason not to take it all the time. It gives great strength and, and better recovery. I doesn't loose it's effect, there's no tolerance build up. But I do switch products like every 2 months. I had from Universal for a while, and now I have .
Do whatever feels right.
Cycling is optional but a good idea IMO.
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the reason for cycling it isnt building up tolerance. people worry that once the body has creatine taken in every day for a long time that when the body does come off it, that the body wont be able to produce creatine on its own anymore. its not proven but a lot of people believe it and do it because long term effects are still unknown
Takes about 30 days to return to baseline creatine levels, so stay off it about that long when you do cycle it:
Hultman E, Söderlund K, Timmons JA, Cederblad G and Greenhaff PL. Muscle creatine loading in men. J Appl Physiol 1996 81: 232-237.