Creatine Non-Responder... Need advice.

  1. Creatine Non-Responder... Need advice.


    I've tried the following creatines and have seen no changes in my workout or my body (I measure consistently):

    • Dymatize Micronized Creatine (ran this for three months)
    • Green Bulge (ran a bottle and a half of this)
    • MRI CE2 Hi-De (a buddy had half a bottle laying around, tried it for a few days but kidneys hurt - I've seen others with similar issues)


    And yes, I drink a good amount of water a day, between 1.5-2 gallons.

    Just wondering if anyone has any recommendations?

    Thanks,

    X


  2. It's ok, I don't respond either.

    How lean are you, by the way?

  3. Pretty lean:

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  4. How many grams of creatine were you taking while using each product?

  5. what do want a recommendation on? if you're a "non-responder" then what are you looking for? and alternative? have you tried creatine mono yet?

  6. Quote Originally Posted by hoopem6 View Post
    How many grams of creatine were you taking while using each product?
    Off the top of my head I cannot recall, but it was the recommended value for each - I also timed it appropriately too, i.e. Green Bulge 45 minutes prior, DMC X percent right before workout, X percent after. I never went above the recommended value as many say there is no benefit in taking too much creatine.

    Quote Originally Posted by lennoxchi View Post
    and alternative? have you tried creatine mono yet?
    Yes, looking for alternatives, just wondering what other options I have. I was thinking mono next.

  7. get a small amount of mono and try it.

  8. Like lennoxchi suggested, I'd try running creatine mono. at 5gm's per day. Or alternatively, experiment with kre-alkalyn creatine if still no response.

  9. Quote Originally Posted by hoopem6 View Post
    Like lennoxchi suggested, I'd try running creatine mono. at 5gm's per day. Or alternatively, experiment with kre-alkalyn creatine if still no response.
    keep in mind there s/b a "loading phase" with mono. 10 grams a day for a week then down to 5, split doses half before w/o and half after in your protein shake.

    i hope he's not expecting strong results....it's only creatine

  10. Quote Originally Posted by lennoxchi View Post
    keep in mind there s/b a "loading phase" with mono. 10 grams a day for a week then down to 5, split doses half before w/o and half after in your protein shake.
    I always see people go back and forth on loading/not loading with creatine... I'll do a bit more research here but thanks for the pointers.

    Quote Originally Posted by lennoxchi View Post
    i hope he's not expecting strong results....it's only creatine
    I'm expecting 25lbs of new muscle mass within about 3 weeks - sounds reasonable with mono?

    Just kidding...

    Thanks again for the info guys.

    X

  11. Well, you have to be burning enough creatine to have enough room to take more in, and maby your creatine levels just arn't that low. Either way, the clown was right. It's only creatine. If it's not working, then spending more money trying to find a way to make it absorb better just isn't worth it IMO.

  12. Quote Originally Posted by xink View Post
    I always see people go back and forth on loading/not loading with creatine... I'll do a bit more research here but thanks for the pointers.


    I'm expecting 25lbs of new muscle mass within about 3 weeks - sounds reasonable with mono?

    Just kidding...

    Thanks again for the info guys.

    X
    hahahahaha if only

  13. I do not know what to tell you xink every time I do it I add weight and some strength. My first experience was loading 20-25 grams a day for two weeks when i first started bodybuilding and people in the gym asked me what i was taking. I gained 10 lbs in two weeks(most likely because I did not eat that much creatine rich foods)

    you may have been eating foods with creatine and or you may need to up dosing to 10-20 grams a day.

    I take a break for about a month after six weeks at 10-15 grams everyday. It always has worked for myself. The very least I put on, even while losing body fat, has been 3 -5 lbs. After about two weeks after I start is when i see the effects in bloom.
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  14. Thanks again for the responses guys... I picked up some mono two days ago, I'll update the thread if I see any changes.

    X

  15. Try out the mono as advised, if that doesn't work I'd give Kre-Alkalyn a try.
    Creatine never worked for me (mono/CEE/Gluconate etc.) but decided I would give creatine one more try by trying out the Kre-Alk and it did wonders for me.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by wrasslin116 View Post
    Try out the mono as advised, if that doesn't work I'd give Kre-Alkalyn a try.
    Creatine never worked for me (mono/CEE/Gluconate etc.) but decided I would give creatine one more try by trying out the Kre-Alk and it did wonders for me.
    I agree with wrasslin. I've had some major issues in the past with creatine. If it worked ok, it bloated me like crazy. And the other "designer" creatines, didn't seem to work all that great. For the last few months, I've been using Kre-Alkalyn and it has been working quite nicely. No bloat and it is really quite effective.

    All of that said, make sure your diet and training intensity are high as well. Or you could take major performance enhancers and not get too far.

    Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  17. I've been on mono for a week and a half now... I'll take mono for two months and if I see no results I'll check out kre - thanks again for those who have posted here.

    X
  

  
 

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