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Old 07-10-13, 08:19 PM   #1
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Can Creatine help, whats your experience

I've been reading a little bit about Creatine and how it helps to improve lean muscle mass. I've been wondering what people especially clydes or athenas that have used it whether it has helped or not.

Please give me your experiences, did it help or dud out for you?
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Old 07-10-13, 08:32 PM   #2
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Thought creatine is used by body builders to help bulk up? Not like steroids or HGH though. If you want to lean out, in crease your protein and reduce your carbs. Which will be detrimental to your energy level for riding.
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Old 07-10-13, 08:37 PM   #3
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There is some question as to how healthy it is but much of it centers around the quality and source of the creatine. Personally I take products that has creatine plus other ingredients which I find to be a more effective blend.
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There is some question as to how healthy it is but much of it centers around the quality and source of the creatine. Personally I take products that has creatine plus other ingredients which I find to be a more effective blend.
So what kind of cocktail do you use and/or recommend?
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My experience was that if you're lifting weights frequently creatine seems to help you lift more... as long as you continue taking it. Once I stopped taking it, there was a noticeable drop in performance. To the point where I felt like I'd sort of wasted my time/money using it. As I recall, many people complain that creatine causes you to retain water, so it's probably not ideal for someone looking to lose weight.
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Creatine use will make it harder for you to stay hydrated on longer rides. Many people advise that endurance athletes should't use creatine for that reason.
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I'm more into EPO and HGH
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Whoa... C/A is always full of win.

Google is your very bestest ever friend.

Ok, creatine does not build mass, creatine does not bulk you up, creatine is NOT harmful to endurance athletes, and the water retained by creatine is minimal( and it is a function of how it works, which i will get to)and can be controlled via diet.

Why? Creatine is a naturally occurring compound found in the human body and obtained in the diet primarily from meat and fish. Creatine is supplemented as an ATP energizer. When you workout the body breaks down ATP into ADP and other compounds to fuel your work. Creatine facilitates the body to change ADP back to ATP, providing more potential energy for use while pumping the cell. Creatine is well known in sports world for the ability to enhance workouts and is the only supplement beside protein that is scientifically proven to be beneficial, 30yrs worth. You may peruse google for that info since I am not writing a PubMed article. Creatine has also long been known to help an athlete retain mass, MANY endurance athletes use it because that's what it's for, an extra push. I myself, use a tsp full after every workout. Since Jan I have been training to race/racing and have used it with no detriment to my 500hrs training schedule, 3-4x wk weight lifting, or hydration. If one feels bloated on it you are taking way too much or gorging on carbs. In which case, moderation. The monohydrate version is usually considered the best.

Also, if anyone's going to talk "cycles" for biking, creatine is a flintstone vitamin compared to EQ or EPO which if you're considering either of those while in C/a you're wasting your time, money, and health since no one researches.

Not personal, just floored by naivete.

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I've used creatine for years. I think it helped with both strength and recovery (and to a lesser extent size), but its not a magic elixir. Remember it's a suppliment meant to be used in conjunction with a proper eating plan and exercise routine.

When I was younger I was on the small skinny side. I started lifting to get bigger and better at sports and I really enjoyed it. Howeveer at 5'9 I could never seem to get bigger than 165 pounds. Eventually I realized the routine I was on (playing basketball 3-4 days a week and lifting 4 days) a week wasn't helping.

Once I made the adjustments to my routine and cut out basketball I got up to around 215. Eventually I got into commuting to help with my cardio because when i did start playing basketball again I got winded really quickly and developed shin splints.

However due to a new job I barely commute anymore and now hover around 250. I am now in the process of changing my routine to get around 220. So in a nutshell, creatine will help as long as you make the necessary adjustments in other areas of your life as well.
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as we all know the pro guys are super restricted on what they can take. it is not uncommon for those guys to have a filet Mignon diet because it is high in naturally occurring creatine. just like grapefruit is high in beta alanine. with that said for the rest of us, a "cocktail" that isnt full of other crap with the super stim effect that many people love for lifting weights you can separate everything. a good creatine, beta alanine and amino acid supplements work pretty good. if you want the stim as well a good strong black tea will do the job. consistancy is key just like the diet.

none of the stuff will turn you into a monster but i personally notice that i have more in the tank at the end for the final sprint (club rides) and the beta will reduce the burning from the lactic acid build up. as a power lifter it can mean the difference of a pr in the gym too.
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