Super Charge Your Muscles
I have gone over my favorite supplement in another blog/article. It’s actually the supplement that I can’t live without. If you want to read that article just click here. Today I am speaking of another favorite & proven supplement of mine, and that is Creatine Monohydrate.
When I began working out the first supplement I ever consumed was protein powder. The second was Pre-Workout. I had always heard about creatine. I have heard amazing things, and also some not so amazing & pretty scary things.
It wasn’t until about 6-8 months after I started to workout, that I went ahead and grew some balls to try Creatine Monohydrate. If I remember correctly it was the GNC Creatine Monohydrate 30 Serving ( I was sold by the sales rep to get GNC Brand of course). However this set in motion a new undiscovered potential in my fitness journey.
The Results Are Undeniable
I have always heard of people making fun of creatine. Usually it pertains to someone taking PED’S they will say “I am just taking creatine”. It is kinda funny when you think about it. However, I think for this main reason is why so many people make fun or don’t take creatine serious.
When I first took it, I was consuming about 15-20g per day for the first month. Back in the early 2000’s it was common to Creatine Load. I can tell you one thing…I was in the toilet ALL day. Creatine at higher doses if you are not used to it will definitely make a storm in your stomach.
Enough of that – Once I got off the toilet and started working out I can’t say I noticed a difference right away. As I kept creatine loading & the day’s passed that’s when the magic started. As I mentioned before, the only supplements prior I had really taken serious and given me results where Protein & Pre-workout.
The first thing I noticed was my Strength. I couldn’t believe how much it started increasing and how fast. More specifically just my over all power moves started going up. This includes Squats, Bench, Deadlifts. The second thing I noticed was my weight going up. Especially as a hard gainer this was amazing to see. After gaining approx. 15 Pounds from protein, creatine within 3 weeks I had gone up about 6LBS. This was definitely not water weight.
With Creatine My Strength Went Up, Which led to new PRs, Which led to bigger and stronger muscle.
How Much Creatine Should I Take To Build Muscle
Honestly I don’t think you need to Load. If you are going to Creatine Load I suggest keeping it at 10g a day. If you are not loading or don’t want to load, keep it at 5g a day.
The best time that I found to consume for me is after a workout. I usually mix 5g with my protein shake ( Since I Usually get unflavored).
Nowadays many pre-workouts have creatine in them. Make sure you check so you care consuming the correct amount daily.
Now let’s go over some of my top choices. All of the ones below I have tried & I a can attest to. I am not affiliated with any of these companies whatsoever and the list is just a personal reference of mine to share with you.
I really enjoy Cell-Tech for several reasons. Primarily the main reason is that it emcopasses so many ingredients in one shake. You have creatine, aminos, glycogen & many other important muscle building factors. This is the ultimate post workout shake when you are trying to pack on some weight. The downside would be that it’s flavored and you can’t just mix it with your protein usually. So you have to consume two different shakes after working out.
Easy to drink and mix this is my second choice. You can get the unflavored version and mix it straight into your shake. Very Low Cost & high usage. 100% pure creatine monohydrate, basically all you need for the gains.
This is another great choice. It does however come at a price. This product does have 6 different types of creatines. It does have the most important one which is monohydrate. This is the only proven creatine form. However having the other choices mixed in does not hurt & we can’t be sure if you respond better to one form vs the other.
The Final Words
As we wrap up – I do want to remind you that you should take some pre-cautions. Make sure that you are drinking plenty of water. Creatine does put extra strain on the kidneys. So drinking extra water is a must.
Another great way to consume it is to cycle it. I do this myself. I suggest you do 1-3 months on creatine & then 1-3 months off. The key reference is what ever time you are on, take the same amount time off.
Creatine is a supplement that I say it is good to consume once you have gained experience and are ready to step your game up.
Make sure you are getting your yearly blood work and make sure always monitor your health.
Creatine Monohydrate is a supplement that works. It is effective & it will get you results. So what will you decide? Will you consume creatine?