GQjock saidThere's a lot of controversy on the creatine question
supposedly it helps in ATP production
ATP is the mainstay our bodies use to produce energy
even if it does
I think the potential for kidney damage outweighs its use
Drink LOTS of water when you use the stuff...
Yay! I get to be a total biochemistry nerd right now:
Adenosine Tri-Phosphate (aka. "ATP") is the main source of energy used by our bodies; contracting your muscles is one of the activities that requires ATP. Energy is released from ATP when it loses a phosphate and becomes Adenosine DI-Phosphate (ADP). ADP can, in turn, lose its third phosphate to release more energy and become Adenosine MONO-Phosphate (AMP).
What creatine does is it grabs on to free-floating phosphates and gives it to AMPs and ADPs so that they can become ATPs with more phosphates to lose and therefore provide more energy. Creatine occurs naturally in our body and its main job is to provide the body with readily available ATP for muscle contraction. Replenishing used ATP by creatine is much faster than replenishing used ATP from blood sugar.
In theory, yes, taking creatine should help you with energy troubles.
Okay, nerd-mode off...
I usually ingest any pre-workout supplements about an hour or two before my workout. I take creatine, but it's already pre-mixed into my whey protein powder. I use NitroTech Hardcore Whey Protein.