Not sure why creatine is getting such a bad rap with a lot of you guys. Sure we all read the research suggesting its efficacy with short duration energy expenditure and not so with extended muscle contractions. So we know that most weight lifters have sufficient rest periods for it to work like it should. If youre running for long periods or even doing back to back exercises like in crossfit or circuit training it may not be effective. That said creatine is a huge deal. Also, I hate when people make statements of the sort saying that it only adds water weight. Your body is made primarily of water anyways so this argument is self defeating. Creatine is awesome, period. Get yer a s s e s some creatrona and we'll make you a believer!
Creatine is cool. It doesn't have a big effect on me, but a minor boost for basically pennies a month can't hurt. Also it helps with my back pumps.
Creatine has without a doubt worked for me in the past and I could certainly feel a difference, as of lately not so much. Not to put Myogenix on blast but I have been using their 500g jug of micronized creatine and I have felt no difference whatsoever using it compared to other creatine monos I have used in the past, where I indeed felt a difference. It may very well boil down to the company and their quality of creatine.
i use it cuz its cheap but im convinced im a non responder....
Definitely a staple for me, first supplement I ever used and it's what made me see the merit in supplementation and desire to try more, saw definite results from mono, switched to creature powder to limit bloat, have creigmite on route to try it out
Creatine is a must. Most people who don't "see results" want it to have an immediate, intense response.
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Definitely a staple. EAS labeled creatine mono was my first supplement about 15 years ago. Now label is mostly irrelevant but still a staple
The first time I used it (10-15 years ago) I had great result but after that not so much... I have a bunch of bulk from NP but thinking of stopping cuz I really don't feel a differance..?
I buy just about any creatine that's cheap, I believe I'm using sns right now, bought a kilo of it.
I mostly use creatine for the recovery and gains*, like I said I don't see any ridiculous immediate response but I can definitely notice increased strength.
*a hydrated muscle is an anabolic muscle
*it's been proven to: decrease soreness,
Increase protein synthesis
I wrote my twenty page capstone paper on it. I'm sold on creatine, without a doubt
I don't see why creatine shouldn't be considered as a staple in any strength training program. Whether it be Creatine Mono vs. all the different ester+Creatine products, thats up to individual preference. I for one found creatine monohydrate to be the most effective in composite gains in both mass and strength. Also whether it be from a very strict diet and nutrient optimization, but w/ creatine I experienced faster recovery from harder workouts( significant increase in endurance after 10 days, pushing past plateaus and failures).
You shouldn't need really need more that 5 grams a day, as it has been suggested by various studies. Thus loading phase and anything over 10 grams/day is IMO a waste of money, unless you're carrying some serious mass and training at a competitive level. But I'm 5'5 and at the time 155 lbs, so 5-7 grams was perfect for me.
I agree with the post above. The studies, the longevity of creatine in the industry makes it a must have supplement, especially if it's a cost effective creatine mono product.
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My vote is an absolute yay, my five go to supplements for enhancing size and performance
and of course whey protein
I don't see how this is even a question. It's one of the most studied supplements out there... If you don't trust/believe in using it for strength/size/recovery I wouldn't trust anything else..
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