Does Creatine Work?

Or is it any good? I get asked this often. It's worked everytime for me. I'm not going to get into the science of how it works because there are hundreds of websites that have that info posted already but I'll share my personal experience with it instead.

I've used both creatine monohydrate and creatine ethyl ester. They both worked with increasing strength (which could then possibly lead to muscle hypertrophy) but I found that with creatine ethyl ester I got better pumps and was able to crank out more reps and generally had a better feeling using it. The downside is that it tastes like battery acid for a few seconds.

I got the same results from cycling and not cycling creatine but I always front loaded when I started up again to saturate the muscles in it.

Front loading is done by taking 20 grams per day for 5 days. Then just 5 grams per day after. I took creatine with whatever fruit juice I had in the fridge after training.

If you're on the fence about creatine, try it out and see if it works for you because we all respond differently (or not at all) to it.


What have you experienced from using creatine? Let me know in the comments section below!

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Words by Dan Profane

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3 comments:

BULLMASTER said...

I`ve done many cycles of creatine in the last 25 yrs and it helped me jump to various weight/muscle gains. From 1990 to 1995 , I was 155 lbs then 182.
1995 to 2000, 182 to 210
2000 to 2007, 210 to 240
2007 to current weight of 255 @5` 9`` age 47
Add weightlifting and food intake.

Dan said...

That's some amazing progression BullMaster!

BULLMASTER said...

Thanks Dan...
I was that skinny 24yr man when I moved to Ontario back in `89 and always wanted that strongman/powerlifter build.
Now at 47 ,in my 2 nd year competing in the 120 kg.
I still have my sights for 125 + class when I hit 50.
Work does get in the way of truly maxing out in training naturally.