Do you use creatine?

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    Aug 14, 2011 3:21 AM GMT
    I've never used creatine but I'm considering it. I've heard creatine is great. What do you think??
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:29 AM GMT
    It's ok. I used to take creatine once in a while to help me get over some plateaus in my workouts. But I didn't take it on a regular basis. Now I take a N.O. pre-workout supplement once in a while, and one of the ingredients is creatine. So I haven't bought creatine in years.
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    Aug 14, 2011 6:10 AM GMT
    I used to take it, and loved it!!! I'd mix it with Ice-Tea, and found my veins showed more.

    Although there really isn't any proof that it effects your kidneys, when I was hospitalized they said my ceatinine level was higher than normal. When i was released, I threw it out immediately. I only have one kidney left and dialisys isn't an option. Butt... it's the same lab that told me I had leukemia 10 years prrior when I didn't.

    If you do take it, have your urine tested every month or so just to be sure
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:50 PM GMT
    I have used it during college years playing sports, its mostly water weight gains, and you need more than your daily intake of H20,... its good for the strength training individual, not the runner or cardio athlete.
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:56 PM GMT
    I like it. I stopped using it a while ago because its kind of expensive, but its definitely effective for me
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    Aug 14, 2011 3:58 PM GMT
    Agamemnon saidI have used it during college years playing sports, its mostly water weight gains, and you need more than your daily intake of H20,... its good for the strength training individual, not the runner or cardio athlete.


    Hahaha. Gotta love broscience.

    Creatine causes your muscles to "retain water" (for lack of a better terms) which is a good thing when it comes to muscle pump and repair. Thus the gains in lean mass gains from using creating are real, not just water weight.

    I do strenuous cardio every morning, and creatine doesn't do me any harm. The strength gains help in all areas of fitness.



  • mybud

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    Aug 14, 2011 4:17 PM GMT
    Creatine is the most effective and relatively cheapest supplement out there....I wouldn't train without it....my 2 bits....BUD
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    Aug 14, 2011 5:07 PM GMT
    ^^^this^^^
  • Celticmusl

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    Aug 14, 2011 5:13 PM GMT
    Some guys have good results form it. You can try it see what happens. It looks like your very lean and muscular, so it might help you gain some bulk if that's what you want. It's not the end all, be all, workout supplement that some obviously think it is. For instance, I would never use it while trying to get ripped/shredded. It's good for bulking.
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    Aug 14, 2011 5:14 PM GMT
    Creatine gives you the results of steroids, but legal

    Just drink lots of water!
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    Aug 14, 2011 7:47 PM GMT
    I've used it on and off and it worked well for me. Seriously- check my pics if you don't believe me.

    I have used Complete Nutrition's Buzzerk and that tasted amazing. I currently use Muscle Pharm's Assault, and that works well for me. The only downside is that it has a chalky texture to go with it. You have to drink a lot of water because if you don't, you can experience cramps, and worse side effects than that. We're talking like banned-from-the-market-in-the-90s bad.
  • Celticmusl

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    Aug 14, 2011 8:04 PM GMT
    CHIdude saidCreatine gives you the results of steroids, but legal

    Just drink lots of water!



    I know dozens of personal trainers since I've worked at a gym off and on for 8 yrs or so. None of them would ever suggest creatine unless you want to bulk up. Most would suggest an NO pre-workout supplement, or beta-alinine, or both.

    It doesn't come close to giving you steriod-like results. If it did, everyone would be on it. It gives many guys bloating, digestive issues such as gas, and to a much lesser extent, kidney stones(so drinking water is a good idea at least).

    It's not that expensive. Try it and and see if it's a good supplement for you. At best it will help you put on a few lbs of muscle and possibly some stamina and strength for the gym.
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    Aug 14, 2011 11:27 PM GMT
    Creatine is found in red meat. I don't eat red meat, so I use a creatine supplement. It does work for me. I can use heavier weights and bench more since using it. Also creatine is really cheap here.
  • honestsweat

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    Aug 14, 2011 11:50 PM GMT
    Sorry to throw a wrench in the theorizing but a quick Google search of "creatine" and "effects" gave me this report from the Mayo Clinic:
    http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/creatine/NS_patient-creatine/DSECTION=evidence

    Almost all of it is good.

    The creatine of 2011 is not the creatine of 1985. Supplement makers are continually tweaking their formulas, etc. so they deliver better results and are more marketable.

    No, I do not work for the supplement industry. Yes, I prefer to let my fingers do the walking and find scholarly sources online when I'm making a decision about what to put in the temple.
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    Aug 15, 2011 12:36 AM GMT
    Been using creatine for about 10 years now with at most maybe a week or so off every 6 months.

    Getting great results in strength when i switched to Gaspari Size On, you mix it in water and drink while you workout. Its pricey but worth it and Ive never had noticable side effects. Definitely recommend for the serious lifter
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    Aug 15, 2011 9:39 PM GMT
    I like creatine a lot. I was off for six months and started again a week ago - I already clearly notice increased size and appearance of definition.
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    Aug 16, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    read:

    http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/animalpak22.htm
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    Oct 08, 2011 3:40 AM GMT
    I'm thinking about this too and doing the research.

    I'm pretty lean, a swimmer who swims 3-5 days a week, and lifts 2-3 times a week, depending on my schedule. I drink plenty of water and eat pretty healthy.

    Would Creatine even benefit someone who mainly does cardio?

    Thanks.