CREATINE 101

CREATINE 101:

For every professional in the supplement industry, we can all agree that creatine is among the most heavily researched and widely used sports supplement. It has been used for years, and has been reviewed extensively for the sports community. However in my opinion as well as for some, the uses, benefits, and side effects are often misunderstood.

Today I would like to take a brief moment to clear up a few common beginner questions about creatine.

What Is Creatine?

Creatine is a molecule naturally found in skeletal muscle. It is produced by the body and is actually found in small traces of some foods, such as meats, eggs, and fish. Its main role is preserving adequate levels of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), and in turn provides optimal fuel for rapid physical performance. Supplementing with creatine can help improve muscle contractions, muscle mass and energy production.

How Does It Work?

Creatine works by regenerating ATP during strenuous activity such as working out (so in short, it helps regenerate your “muscle energy” between sets ). Creatine stored in the muscles helps regenerate ATP and allows you to perform a few mor reps (so again, it will allow you to do more weight and repetitions in the gym).

How Do You Take It?

Many individuals recommend a loading phase, but if you asked me, I truly believe it is unnecessary. The best way to supplement with creatine is 2-5 grams each day (depending on the source). Due to creatine not really possessing acute benefits, it requires time to “saturate” in the muscles before you truly experience its benefits. You can take it in the morning, before / after your workout as well as non-training days.

Why Take It?

Creatine is one of those supplements that have truly been proven beneficial in multiple facets to just about every user. Depending on the creatine source, it is not relatively expensive and definitely is one of those supplements that give you the most bang for your buck. If you’re looking to increase muscle strength, muscle size and overall energy, creatine is definitely the right choice for you.

Personal Favorite Creatine Source?

One of my favorite creatines on the market has always been Creatine Magnapower® (also known as Magnesium Creatine Chelate). It is proven, it does not give me any stomach discomfort, and I have never felt bloated while using it in my regimen.

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