Creatine is a staple in your supplement lineup if you are looking to increase size, increase strength, and quickly recover from workouts.
SO, WHAT IS CREATINE?
To start, Creatine is produced naturally by our own bodies and found in many food products we eat today. It increases protein synthesis which is necessary for building muscle. The more efficiently your body creates protein synthesis, the faster you can produce muscle tissue. Creatine improves your body’s ability to produce adenosine triphosphate (ATP), which is a raw source of energy, allowing you to push your muscles to new limits. At the same time, Creatine pulls water from the body into the muscles giving them a fuller look and keeping them hydrated, leading toward improved performance in the gym.*
TAKING IT CORRECTLY
It is important to take Creatine prior to working out for all the benefits listed above. It is also important to take it post workout to absorb into the muscles, allowing for quicker recovery. Some may ask, “If Creatine is so important, why did we not put it in ourPreworkout like other brand names?”
Well, there are different ways to take Creatine, and we want to be able to meet the various needs of athletes today. Research has shown that 5-10g is all that is needed per day. However, many of the leading name brands include much less than that amount in their Preworkout formulas. Some athletes prefer to cycle on and off Creatine. By loading, they will take 20g or more to saturate their muscles giving them quicker access to the ATP, delivering faster gains. When loading, you cycle a month on and then cycle off of Creatine (eliminating it from their diet) for another month.
With a Creatine free Preworkout, you can now do this and not have to sacrifice giving up your favorite Preworkout.
So which is the best time to take Creatine, before or after a workout?
Well, there are several ways to look at it. Creatine creates more ATP for your muscles, leading to more endurance and ability to lift more weight if used prior. If you use it post workout, you are fueling your muscles with necessary nutrients to replenish what is lost from workout. That being said, some research has identified that if should be used both before and after. That is up to the Athlete.
Warning on Creatine.
Creatine pulls water into the muscles and is valuable for increasing strength and size. Because of this, it is important that you continue to drink water during your workout and after. If not, you could easily become dehydrated which could lead to medical problems.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.