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    Does anyone here take any performance enhancers such as Creatine or anything like it?
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    I've never heard of Creatine. What kind of performance does it enhance?

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    • #3
      156, are you being serious?????

      Creatine is an over the counter muscle enhancer. It can be purchased at GNC for hefty price and other then that I have no idea what it does. I personally don
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      • #4
        Creatine monohydrate supplementation increases adenosine triphosphate (ATP) levels in the body. ATP, necessary for muscle cells to contract, is depleted rapidly when the muscles are under heavy load. When ATP is depleted, the muscles cannot sustain a maximal contraction. ATP replacement can be enhanced by taking creatine, an ATP precursor.

        Now the simple version: Creatine supplementation allows one to lift heavy weights for more reps, which trains the muscles to be stronger (adaptation to work).

        The reason people get bigger when taking creatine is due to a side effect. Creatine draws water into the muscle cells, swelling them. The supplement companies sometimes refer to this as "volumizing". Because the water drawn into the muscles is not available for other functions, cramping can result. When taking creatine, it is imperative to greatly increase water intake.

        I have been using creatine for six years now, and haven't had any problems, once I learned to drink enough water.

        I recommend creatine use when someone is no longer getting stronger or bigger and has exhausted their options, such as more protein intake or evaluating and adjusting their training program. It is definitely not necessary for teens.

        Creatine is the real deal, unlike 99% of other supplements which promise "steroid-like" results. If it sounds too good to be true, it usually is. Buy the cheapest creatine you can find, but check the label for its purity.

        Don't waste your money on creatine products which provide small amounts of creatine and huge doses of sugar. I know there is research showing that creatine ingestion is improved with a blood sugar spike, but how do you deal with the resulting crash with the massive insulin release? One of the products supplies 75 grams of sugar with each dose. That's enough to keep a whole room full of 6-year olds spun for a week.

        In short, creatine is good, but make sure your training is dialed in first (keep it simple, lift like your life depends on it) and eat every bite you can fit in your mouth.
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        • #5
          Drew, I was being serious; I've never heard of it. After reading Ateamer's reply, though, I know I don't want to use it. I lift weights, but I do it the natural way......hard work, reps, and sweat. I'm a woman so I'm not looking to bulk up. I just want to stay toned and be strong.

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          • #6
            Wow Ateamer!! I think you gave me more information then GNC did. I don't know if I am sure about taking it. I don
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            • #7
              I take Myoplex Light twice a day and dose of creatine after each workout. I just started the Creatine because I was at plateau with my bench press and wanted something to get me over the hump. I can already see a difference after 3 weeks, especially with recovery time.

              The Myoplex is a good nutrition shake that helps you get all the nutrients, vitamins, protein, etc. that you need.

              Personally, I like the EAS Product line.

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              • #8
                No I
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                • #9
                  Creatine does not show up in blood tests. It's not one of the drugs they screen for. Actually, it's not a drug at all. Creatine is produced naturally in the kidney, liver, and pancreas of humans. Creatine is also supplied in meat and fish. Most creatine in the body is stored in the muscles, in the form of phosphocreatine.

                  Like ateamer, I also take creatine and it also helps reduce the amount of recovery time for your muscles after a workout. In essence, if you did an exercise and would normally be sore afterwards, creatine will leave you feeling less sore or not sore at all.

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                  • #10
                    Ok now the next question, would you recommend taking it in the serum form or powder form?
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                    • #11
                      I know I don't want to use it. I lift weights, but I do it the natural way......hard work, reps, and sweat.

                      It IS natural. It's a naturally occuring substance that you're already getting through red meats. All you're doing here is taking a more concentrated does, no different than taking a vitamin C tab instead of eating 4 oranges a day.

                      Further, creatine doesn't work without "hard work, reps and sweat"....... you still have to work out. It just helps you maximize your workouts, minimize your recovery time and maximize your gains.

                      If you don't want to use it, so be it, but please don't charaterize it as some sort of "cheating" or slackers methods. It's hardly that at all.

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                      • #12
                        I just did an experiment. I went into my garage gym, set a jug of creatine on the lifting platform and set a loaded bar on top. Huh. The bar just sat there, didn't move an inch. I guess the creatine really doesn't do the lifting after all. [Wink]
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                        • #13
                          ateamer

                          drew,

                          It shouldn't matter as long as you get a quality creatine. Do some research at www.saveonsupplements.com and www.netrition.com to get more info and compare prices. You can always buy the products at your local GNC if you don't want to mail order. I use the powder because I can mix it into anything since it is tasteless.
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                          • #14
                            as what has already been said. creatine does not make you bigger, it puts more water in you. thus you will gain water weight. it will help in rebuilding muscle. also the insulin spike can be good or bad. when your insulin is spiked, your body cant burn fat as well. so taking the creatine with water is best instead of grape juice. and don't wast money on fancy forms of it. the creatine poweder is best. and its not expensive. if you buy fancy stuff, thats another story price wise.

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                            • #15
                              Ohhh, btw. if you are asking because your considering. more important then creatine if your considering this is protein. such as a good whey protein. again research it cuz some of it is crap but iso why is good as others are.

                              you build up during recovery stage and your muscles need protein. others have taken l-glutamine(if i got that right) it apparently helps your muscles recover faster.

                              hope this helps.
                              one site i used for fitness was www.freetrainers.com they have a good fitness board there. and all the items i talked about could be bought at GNC.. although gnc is expensive i find.

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