When should I cycle creatine?
- 02-15-2012, 12:18 AM
Originally Posted by DerickVonD
- 02-15-2012, 12:45 AM
02-15-2012, 08:43 AM
I think research has shown maintenance with 2g. How much water are you drinking? There is overkill.Originally Posted by DerickVonD
02-15-2012, 12:40 PM
02-15-2012, 01:35 PM
I'm going to take a shot here and say it's the water intake causing you to urinate frequently. Hydration is important, but you're not accomplishing anything by overhydrating. A gallon should more than get you by unless you're sweating bullets for hours a day. Also, make sure you're taking in adequate electrolytes through food/beverages. Not a problem normally, but sweating a lot and drinking a gallon during your workout can potentially cause some problems if you're training long enough or you gulp down the water in a short amount of time.Originally Posted by DerickVonD
I've found cutting a Gatorade with water (half and half) is one way to do it. Doesn't taste the best, but it won't make you sick. Again, just don't gulp it.
02-15-2012, 01:42 PM
02-15-2012, 01:59 PM
Related question: are you diabetic?Originally Posted by DerickVonD
Anywho, like I said, drink water but it's impressive you're still thirsty after a gallon. Haha. That's where I got my first question. How do you partition water intake throughout the day?
Actually, have you ever used a refractometer to check your hydration?
02-15-2012, 02:14 PM
02-15-2012, 02:35 PM
Just a thought. That tends to be a symptom, but I wouldn't worry if your blood work is OK.Originally Posted by DerickVonD
You can buy some decent monitoring stuff for cheap or see if a sports medicine/athletic training center could help you out. Like I said, that's a lot of water to feel thirsty. It may be nothing, but I tend to err on the side of caution.
02-17-2012, 06:14 PM
Well I discovered my protein powder has creatine in it. I have never had the pissing problem when taking my powder. It states on the powder that the blend is 3.359g. http://www.sixstarpronutrition.com/p...us/index.shtml
Idk if that means all the amino acids stated are that amount or all together. I always have my powder on days I work out post workout. So, I've noticed when I take the creatine, it doesn't really give me more strength or mass, but it does give me the energy I need to lift, especially if I got say 6 hours sleep instead of 8. However, I am still progressing on adding weight to my workouts at the same rate I was before I started taking creatine. If I take creatine and drink a lot, I piss alot and it keeps me up (1.5-2 gallons of water). If I take creatine and just have my regular amount of water I usually have say 1 gallon, I piss and it keeps me up, but I've noticed with less water intake on creatine, I piss just as much but in shorter streams. So, either way I may just have to stop taking it at this point, especially considering it is just giving me energy and not really making me gain strength faster. I just can't take not going to sleep until 3-4 hours past the time that I want to goto bed.
02-17-2012, 07:51 PM
That isn't the creatine. To my knowledge, creatine isn't a CNS stimulant. How close do you exercise to bed? How intense are you? Do you take other supplements? Those all play a role.
Also, if your protein powder includes creatine, you can drop the extra supplementation. You're just flushing money down the toilet (literally).
02-17-2012, 09:18 PM
02-17-2012, 09:40 PM
Do you drink caffeine or take any other stimulants? You could be exciting your nervous system to the point that you require an extended period to calm down. It happens. The athletes we work with (sliding sports) require prescription sleep meds some nights, as driving down a complex track at 60+mph definitely fires up the nervous system. That may or may not be what you're experiencing (high neurological stimulation, that is), but stimulants and intense exercise are the two culprits that come to mind first.
02-18-2012, 01:18 AM
02-18-2012, 10:33 AM
Consistency is important. With my schedule, I have no consistency so I tend to nap. Nothing wrong with them, in fact 20-30 minutes can be beneficial. Now if it's a couple hours, that could do it too.Originally Posted by DerickVonD
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