Jan 7, 2002 6:05 AM
|Anyone tried taking creatine? I have read a bit about it but am not keen on taking any sort of suppliment/drug. So have any of you tried it/have any opinions, what did you take and did it help?
More power for no more effort sounds too good to be true surely?
Jan 7, 2002 7:54 AM
|I'm using it. After killer rides my recovery time is shorter and I feel my overall performance has improved. Not scientific by any means but I believe it works for me. |
Bought my supply at: http://www.goodnutritionshop.com/
Jan 7, 2002 8:10 AM
|I have not taken creatine for bike riding although I have thought about it. When I use to lift weights regularly I would take it for maybe 2 weeks here and there, and the difference was night and day. I would instantly pick up 10-20 lbs on my bench press, at times I felt like I was on steroids. My work out partner also took it and he saw no benefits at all, so it doesn't work for everyone.
Jan 7, 2002 8:27 AM
|The down side is you retain water in your muscles and if you take too much it can hurt more than it helps. A friend at work takes it and he gained 10 pounds right away and if you race hilly climbs this might slow you down at least on grades.|
Jan 7, 2002 10:34 AM
|I tried the liquid form Runners Mate. It's very expensive and It did absolutely nothing for me. I then tried the powdered form with some power workouts and I did feel like I was getting stronger. The downside is I gained about 12 lbs. I stopped taking it because of the weight gain. One month later I am still trying to get the weight off. IMHO there is no magic bullett, at least none that I could afford or be willing to take.|
Jan 7, 2002 11:43 AM
|Creatine needs to be coupled with specific acids to be decomposed properly... Used all alone, results would totaly depend on the diet...
It's a muscle builder. You'll put on weight, hopefully into muscle that not only drains blood from your lungs and brain, but also that will easily help send your metabolism into piling up fat when you slow down...
It's a short cut to obtain larger than life pecs and quads. Non of wich will be found on Erik Dekker or Jan Ullrich. Or any long distance athlete of any sport.
What's the point to creatine? What's the point to any product that's suppose to enhance, ameliorate performance? If you want to improve your condition, realise this: You cannot BUY good form.
Jan 7, 2002 12:25 PM
|I was a competitive bodybuilder for over 20 years. I made my living in bodybuilding. If there was a product that guarantees everything that Creatine does, I would have been stupid not to use it.
Creatine is not new. It is found in every muscle tissue. If you eat any meat at all you would have a difficult time not getting any. The Creatine that you can purchase is not only inferior in the main, it makes you hold water (most of the weight gain), and just does not work. I also have a Ph.D. in Physiology, it would take a lot to make me spend my money on Creatine.
|And burgers taste better.||Leisure|
Jan 8, 2002 5:19 AM
|I'll have mine 1/3 pound medium rare with onions, guacemole, lettuce, and bacon. Plenty of creatin available in all sorts of real, delicious food.|
|re: Creatine||Big D|
Jan 7, 2002 12:36 PM
|I've used it last year during my peak and think it helped my performance. I was doing four races in three days and wanted to try the creatine. Although I believe it really helped me during the races, my weight went from 145 to 150 lbs. by Monday after the race. I would be VERY selective on using it again, making sure no important or hilly races are within 2-3 weeks.|
Jan 7, 2002 5:09 PM
|I competitively lift and use creatine off and on, certainly at nowhere near the "recommended" doses. I think it might help contractile muscle strength but it could well be the placebo effect at work. I do not recommend it at all if you're still riding serious miles, like here in Fl winter is an aid to riding, hardly a deterrent. The reason for my caution is the water retention that many others have pointed out. Creatine WILL retain water so if you try it boost your hydration levels.|| |