Anyone try Creatine with some good results.

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    May 12, 2009 10:37 PM GMT
    Was thinking about trying creatine in order to bulk up a little more and was wondering who out here has tried it and had some awesome results.
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    May 12, 2009 11:22 PM GMT
    My experience is that creatine monohydrate makes me bloat up and creatine ethyl ester does not. As for results, I can't say as I notice any difference between taking it and not taking it.
  • allamathlete

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    May 13, 2009 1:04 AM GMT
    I used creatine my junior & senior years in college I had amazing results when it first became a big deal. I went from 158 to 186 and was stronger than ever... had the best track season also. At first I did have hydration issues but once I learned to nearly triple my liquid intake I was fine. On the other had I had a teammate with a similar build (but 3yrs younger) who did the same training using creatine & he had no results... I will say I was able to do way more work than before. on a side note don't bother with the pre-load phase... its a waste of money just jump in & use it normal. hope that helps
  • Webster666

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    May 13, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    It's the ONLY supplement I would recommend.
    I don't know if it sends more water into your muscles, or what. But, it definitely gives you a bigger pump. I take two 1000mg capsules a day, 5 days a week.
    Everything else is crap. And, I mean everything.
    I've tried all kinds of whey powders, protein shakes, amino acids, and lots of other stuff that I don't remember the names.
  • allamathlete

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    May 13, 2009 2:21 AM GMT
    I agree webster... I feel like its about the only one that your body totaly uses... the rest of the stuff you just crap out half of it anyway... what kind do you use.... I'm actually thinking of getting back into training so I can run some masters races next year.

  • May 13, 2009 2:37 AM GMT
    Creatine is a nitrogenous organic acid, it allows your muscles to retain water making you gain muscule mass, but not muscle strength.

    I handle creatine supplements all the time at work, i see good results with it when people use it correctly and for short periods of time.
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    May 13, 2009 2:45 AM GMT
    creatine is safe and it does what it is supposed to do.

    I'm a Sprinter that lifts weight 5 times a week and wen I do a cycle i can significantly execute more reps.

    creatine is in everyday foods already and all supplementation does is make sure your muscles are saturated.

    with that said,

    wen used properly creatine is a great product that i use myself and suggest to others

    just make sure you use it properly...

    take it with simple sugars(dextrose), or some type of juice usually in the AM or post workouts...ur body will soak it up great then


    do more research and don't listen to the guy selling it to you





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    May 13, 2009 2:49 AM GMT
    almost all of my pics were taken in a 6-week creatine cycle. V12 Turbo is the brand i use. it 'works', but you should know what to expect. it does cause water 'retention' which is one reason you look bigger, but i have a different experience than RunningForLife in that i do experience energy increases during workouts.

    one of the more definitive, unbiased resources on creatine can be found at the National Institutes of Health website (link below). letter grades are given for strength of evidence/research supporting any particular claim regarding creatine's benefits.

    http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/patient-creatine.html

    and of course, you have to be working out really hard for it to make any difference.
  • allamathlete

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    May 13, 2009 2:51 AM GMT
    I disagree a little bit 'running'. it does have an indirect effect on strength. creatine replenishes atp which essential gives the muscles energy thus allowing the muscle to do more work and if done right resulting in strength gains. creatine alone won't build strength but the "extra" work your muscles can do will. its kinda the same in some ways as what steroids do. doesn't make you stronger or faster but essentially allows you to do more work to become bigger faster or stronger..

  • May 13, 2009 3:02 AM GMT
    True it does cause strength gain indirectly due to the muscle mass put on from taking creatine. most of all its used to increase Water retention in the muscles allowing for the muscle fibers to tear more causing a gain in muscle mass.
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    May 13, 2009 3:49 AM GMT
    RunningForLife saidCreatine is a nitrogenous organic acid, it allows your muscles to retain water making you gain muscule mass, but not muscle strength.

    I handle creatine supplements all the time at work, i see good results with it when people use it correctly and for short periods of time.


    What is a short period of time and how do you retain muscle mass after you stop taking it?
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    May 13, 2009 6:06 AM GMT
    Timesten saidWas thinking about trying creatine in order to bulk up a little more and was wondering who out here has tried it and had some awesome results.

    Skip the creatine for now. Workout hard. Eat right. Build a foundation of natural strength and muscles mass. You're young. Your body is flowing with testosterone. Take advantage of it.

    Then consider using creatine and other supplements at a later point in time to help you step up your workouts.

    Like others have mentioned, creatine just makes your muscles cells retain water. Assuming your pics are current.. If you use creatine now, you'll just look bloated.
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    May 13, 2009 6:37 AM GMT
    Check out this article:

    http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_article/sports_body_training_performance_bodybuilding_supplements/catching_up_on_creatine?utm_source=weekly_dose&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=tmuscle

    Bit of an in depth article about creatine.

    I'm currently taking Conjugated Creatine with pretty good results. I'm not a typical creatine taker mainly cause I've found other brands to cause bloating, but as the label says, the Concrete Creatine has no side effects like bloating.

    I've been using it for about 3 months now and feel a change in my workouts, however as the article says, creatine is best taken as a post workout supplement due to it's moisture absorbing nature.