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Creatine(10 posts)

Jul 3, 2002 5:51 AM
Anyone have experience with this? Does it help/hurt cycling? I also seem to be getting really bad DOMS after lifting weights these days. Do you think creatine supplementation might help recovery?
re: Creatinefunknuggets
Jul 3, 2002 6:23 AM
This is just my experience, but I do not think that Creatine would be the best supplement for an endurance athelete. I started taking creatine in a loading phase in the winter months, and was lifting a great deal. I weighed about 156 at the time and jumped to 167 in a matter of about two weeks. So, I would estimate that any gains you might have in power or recovery would likely be offset by your weight gain, for cycling anyway. Plus, it seems to change your water balance. It seems I read that you have to pump in tons of water.

I must say that it did help my power for lifting, but cannot say that I see much benefit in my endurance or recovery. With being stronger and being able to lift longer, one has a tendency to lift heavier and longer, thus causing more muscle fiber breakdown... thus more severe and lasting soreness.

So... just my 2 cents. Now that I am back into cycling, I wont touch the stuff. However, if you must take it... I suggest that you take a decent brand. the off brands are questionable. I found good results from a bodybuilding perspective with CellTech (by MuscleTech), but the EAS is just fine as well.

So sayeth the Funk...
re: Creatineszybki
Jul 3, 2002 6:29 AM
I lift and cycle as well. I personally don't use creatine during the cycling season. Use it in the off season for strength and muscle size gains. Creatine is a muscle cell volumizer, makes the cell hold more water. Basically, you'll retain water, making you weigh more, which isn't necessarily a good thing for cycling. Also, creatine causes some people to cramp up. You should try glutamine post ride, along with your carb-protein recovery meal. This REALLY works well for delayed onset soreness. Make sure you buy l-glutamine and not glutamic acid (or something like that). Hope this helps.
thanks...might look into l-glutamine instead (nm)ColnagoFE
Jul 3, 2002 8:17 AM
tried both powdergrandemamou
Jul 3, 2002 7:31 AM
and liquid. As the others have posted I used the powder one winter while lifting and I gained about 10lbs. It did improve my lifting but hauling the extra weight around did not improve my cycling.

The liquid did absolutely nothing. IMO if your a serious cyclist, it won't help improve your cycling. If your more into lifting go for it.
Jul 3, 2002 8:19 AM
I've seen the ads for MMUSA's Runner's Advantage creatine serum. No matter what the company claims, creatine is NOT stable in liquid form. I bought MMUSA APT Advantage serum and got no results. I got suspicious and later read in the Sports Supplement Review the following:
"Muscle Marketing claims to have invented the world's only stabilized liquid crreatine. In the case of ATP Advantage Serum Creatine, the lab analysis we had performed on two separate product lots found that the product contained less than one MICROGRAM of creatine, but the label claimed 2.5 grams. This is less than 1% of the amont of creatine claimed ont he label."
re: CreatineLLSmith
Jul 3, 2002 7:54 AM
Don't know if it would be of any help for cycling. I took the liquid for five days while lifting weights. I realized by the fifth day this stuff was putting me in a real bad mood.I sent it back for a refund.
re: Creatinegoose04
Jul 3, 2002 8:24 AM
creatine helped me alot in weight lifting on bench i went from 125 to 205 and in squat i went from 225 to 315 and that's in a 12 week period. i got the creatine that you take after you work out and you mix it with water it was from gnc.
re: Creatinebrider
Jul 3, 2002 10:51 AM
Creatine will help in the ATP cycle, which might come in handy in a sprint, but the extra weight gained through water in the muscle cells will make it that much harder getting to the sprint. Try it off season if you like, but I'd not start in the season. Cramping is a real possibility, so even off season make sure you're pumping in more water than you think you need.
Try HMB. You'll see more of a benefit , especially at the high -High Gear
Jul 3, 2002 6:18 PM
end. It also helps in recovery/breakdown. It works.