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Pluses and Minuses...(4 posts)

Pluses and Minuses...BC
Apr 22, 2002 2:13 PM
of both creatine and HMB. There don't seem to be many, if any. In fact Joe Friel puts creatine in a category of having possibly no side effects. Will they hurt you? Do you use either or anything else?

In the words of my physician...cory
Apr 22, 2002 3:37 PM
"NOTHING has no side effects." Carrots will kill you, if you eat enough of 'em. Aspirin and Tylenol can be deadly. Don't forget, they've only studied some of this stuff for a short time in a few generally healthy young people. Who knows what it's going to do in 10 years, or 20?
No kidding, my doc (also a friend) is a former college athlete who rides ultra-distance now. He won't touch any of that stuff.
Minuses aplentyKerry
Apr 22, 2002 4:34 PM
Creatine causes dehydration and associated cramping, and has shown no benefits in endurance sports. This is true regardless of the formulation - liquid or solid.

HMB has virtually only anecdotal and testimonial support rather than a body of controlled studies that show it actually works. Primary use is for weight lifters, which probably means that even if it works it is not the ticket for endurance sports like cycling.

And your motivation to use these things would be? Unless you are trying to earn your living on the bike, it seems that the only justification would be to satisfy your ego. Something you COULD do through actual training, but instead you are looking for a short cut.
re: Pluses and Minuses...Wafer
Apr 23, 2002 8:59 AM
I remember in the mid-90s when the power hitters on the local baseball team started using Creatine as part of their workout regimen. You know, those guys did hit a lot more home runs--when they weren't stuck on the bench with an endless run of pulled hamstrings.

And in the NFL, many teams now forbid their players to use the stuff after seeing the remarkable upswing in pulled and torn muscles associated with it.

There are plenty of safe, healthy ways to design your diet for optimum cycling performance, whatever your discipline. You're better off looking for them at your local grocery or health-food store--instead of in a bottle.