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.
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!
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