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Creatine Reviews

I have already done a few posts about creatine and what it can do for both athletic performance and strength, but I never went into detail about what I personally thought about the product.

Creatine Reviews

Like I mentioned in my whey protein review, I was weak coming out of high school and needed something to help me add on some weight and make me stronger. That was when my coach recommended both creatine and whey protein to me. I was afraid to take the creatine because I wasn’t sure if there were any negative side effects or not, but I knew that whey protein was very safe, so I decided to go that route for about a year. Then I hit a plateau and needed something to make me even stronger, and that’s when I decided to do a ton of research on creatine and discovered the many benefits.

When I first started taking creatine, I decided on a 10g per day loading phase for a week to saturate my muscles. Immediately, I noticed the effects that it had on my workouts. When you work out, your muscles use energy, and that energy comes in the form of ATP. The ATP loses a phospate and becomes ADP during exercise. What creatine supplements do is add back in that lost phosphate and transforms ADP back into ATP, therfore giving your muscles more energy for the workouts. Usually, when I worked out without creatine, I would get very fatigued towards the last 20 minutes of my workouts and my performance would suffer. However, with creatine, I was able to work out much longer and barely get fatigued at all! I was able to get more reps, which helped me get stronger and gain weight. Within the first 3 weeks, I had gained almost 10 lbs! Now, some of that was water weight because I was taking monohydrate, but I had also put on some muscle mass as well. I had also noticed that my recovery time was shortened as well. Instead of being sore for 2-3 days, I was only sore for a day or less. One thing that you will need to make sure you do is cycle creatine. When you cycle, it means that you are on the supplement for a 2 months and then off for a month. When you don’t cycle, the body shuts down its natural production of creatine.

Since I’m going to be starting a new round of P90X and have the goal of gaining some mass, I have decided to get back on creatine monhohydrate, which I believe is the best form of creatine out there. I have done much research on the other forms, like CEE and Citrate, but have found that monohydrate powder is the most effective. One of my best friends, Joe, has been using creatine for years and has recommended some old school Cell Tech, which I probably will try out. Back in high school he was skinny and wanted to gain mass, and creatine helped turn him into a beast!

So if you’re looking to gain some mass while doing an exercise program like P90X, I highly recommend looking into creatine monohydrate powder. It’s an excellent supplement that is proven to work! Be on the lookout for more creatine reviews in the future!

To learn about the best post-workout supplement that I’ve come across, check out my P90X Recovery Drink Review!

37 comments

  1. but isnt it true that whenn you stop creatine that you will go back to the way you were if you never took it in the first place

  2. That is a myth. Yeah, you might lose some water weight, but your muscle mass and strength is not going to decrease.

  3. Have you heard any good or bad news on NO3 Overload?

  4. ok ill give it a try

  5. Never heard of it.

  6. jstnthrguy /

    Josh, wud creatine help with general fatigue, so that u wud have the energy to work out after a long day of work. Or isn’t that the purpose of the product?

  7. Yeah it will help tremendously! It helps with fatigue, muscle recovery, and muscle pumps.

  8. Hey Josh I am about 5’7” 185LBS and on week 6 I am looking to really slim down I want to lose about 20 more lbs but my question is if I take creatine will I gain weight I dont want to gain any weight I want to slim down and get ripped also what kind do you recommend (brand) or should I wait untill I am down with P90X when I start lifting to start takeing the Creatine

  9. Creatine will probably make you gain a little weight in the beginning, but once you get going it will help you get stronger and leaner. However, if you worry about the whey gain, it’s not necessary to take creatine.

  10. Mathieu /

    Hey josh, I use to take creatine and have huge results, for example I took 7lbs in 2 workouts, I stopped, because it didn’t feel so natural. I have been working out for 1year now, I am 17 years old, 5 feet 11 inches and 165-170pounds. I am ripped but not as much as you are, I also never followed a diet, could you tell me a special diet I could follow to gain weight and get ripped at the same time?
    Thank you

  11. You can find sample diets of mine on this site in the “My Diet” section.

  12. Preston /

    Hey Coach, quick question. So I came across this creatine product at Walmart and i had some questions about it compared to the creatine monohydrate at the GNC or other local stores. The one at Walmart is as follows:
    Serving Size 48 g
    Servings Per Container 30
    Amount Per Serving (+)
    Calories 150
    Calories from Fat
    % Daily Value*
    Sodium 95 mg 4%
    Total Carbohydrate 33 g 11%

    It says to take one scoop (48g) with 6-8 ounces of water. Isn’t that way too much to take in? Especially compared to the 5g the GNC stores tell you to take. So my question is if i’m going to be buying this creatine at walmart, should I just take in 5g or should I just stick with the GNC products? Thanks for your help.

  13. Preston /

    I also forgot to mention that it’s cheaper than the ones at the GNC. And adding onto my
    comment above, would the Walmart creatine be as potent as the other ones if I just took in the 5g of creatine instead of the 48g it says to take on the directions?

  14. Disco /

    Is it possible to gain weight and lose fat with creatine?

    I’m 130ib so I want to gain weight, but I really want to lose my stomach fat so my abs can show. Can I get both with creatine or do those goals compromise each other?

  15. Josh /

    Yeah, it’s possible, but I usually don’t recommend creatine until your goal is to strictly gain mass. For now, follow the Nutrition guide and complete all the workouts! Also, have you made me your coach yet? If not, you can do so by clicking on this link: https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/11685

  16. Josh /

    Yeah, that doesn’t look like a great creatine.

  17. Josh /

    When I use creatine, I use 2.5g before and 2.5g after my workouts.

  18. Preston /

    Alright thanks. So when I want to start gaining mass, how
    many calories should I be taking in? Im taking in 2,200 right now to lose fat, but when I want to start gaining mass, how many calories should I be taking in? But still keep the six pack? Thanks a lot coach.

  19. Josh /

    I would say around 3,000 cals, which is what I increased to when I was looking to gain mass.

  20. Preston /

    You said to drink lots of water when taking creatine. So how much exactly is a good amount while on creatine?

  21. Josh /

    I’m not too sure man. You can Google it. I drink probably a gallon of water per day.

  22. Cicca /

    you said that “when you cycle, it means that you are on the supplement for a 2 months and then off for a month.”
    Should i replaice creatine for the rest month..

    Q: creatine 2months … Whey 100, 1month …. Would this work?
    or Creatine 2months.. and off for a month ?

  23. Josh /

    You want to take your whey protein all the time. The supplements you want to cycle 2 months on 1 month off are the pre and post workout sups like Jack3d and creatine.

  24. Preston /

    How many ounces of fruit juice do you take your creatine with when you are taking 5g of creatine? and then how many ounces of fruit juice do you use when you take 2.5g of creatine?

  25. Josh /

    I use 8 oz. each time I take creatine.

  26. eddy /

    Would you agree that I need to take creatine for non weights days in my p90x program like Plyo?? Or should I just take them when using weights ?

  27. Josh /

    @Eddy. I used to take creatine before each workout, including cardio days.

  28. Emilio /

    Hey Coach Josh

    I recently bought everything on your supplement list, replacing BSN’s NO-Explode with 1.M.R. Was purchasing Creatine mono a waste since I think there is already a day’s serving in 1.M.R? Also, in the supplement page you mention taking Creatine mono and NO-Explode about 30 minutes before your workout. Would it be OK to mix both into 8 oz. of natural fruit juice? One last question. I’ve heard all sorts of different amounts of how much Creatine mono to take during the loading phase, how much do you think is just right? Thanks in advance!

  29. Josh /

    @Emilio. First of all, have you made me your coach yet? If not, you can do so by clicking on this link: https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458.

    OK, I actually don’t know how much creatine is in 1.M.R., so I can’t really guide you in the direction regarding that. I would have to check my bottle and see. Also, I wouldn’t mix the two if you decide to use them together. Follow the directions on both. Last, when I was in the loading phase with creatine, I took 10g per day: 5g pre and 5g post workout.

  30. Raunaq /

    Hi josh, i will be starting p90x from monday and i want to loose my bodyfat percentage which is 24% right now and i want to use creatine but not sure whether i will affect my bodyfat or not..what’s your say?

  31. Josh /

    @Raunaq. I don’t recommend using creatine until your main goal is to gain mass. Focus on weight loss first!

  32. Iran /

    Hey Josh!

    So far I am on day 43 of P90X seeing good results but not as good as yours -.- …. But I still have 47 more days to go! … After doing it I will definitely be doing some weight training or maybe P90X MC2… I dont know yet… but I just wanted to ask what brand of Monohydrate Creatine is the best?

  33. Josh /

    @Iran. When I was taking creatine, I just took a generic brand of monohydrate. Also, am I your coach? If not, make sure you make me your coach so that I can help you through the rest of the program. Here’s the link (it’s free): https://teambeachbody.com/signup/-/signup/free/47458

  34. Rizwaan /

    Hey Josh, My main goal is to lose fat right now and I’ve read online that when using creatine, it supposedly helps fat loss by useing fat as energy to sustaine the larger muscles. Do you know if there is any truth to this?

  35. @Rizwaan. That I’m not too sure of.

  36. Freek /

    Hey Josh,

    My main goal is to get a sixpack and only thing that i need is to get rid of is the lower bellyfat. Do you recommend insanity workout and use of creatine? Thanks!

  37. @Freek – Insanity would be a great program if you’re looking to lean out, but I wouldn’t necessarily recommend creatine. Creatine is mostly for mass building.

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