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If weight train'n, should I use creatine?X-Post in Nutrition(5 posts)

If weight train'n, should I use creatine?X-Post in NutritionSwat Dawg
Oct 25, 2003 7:01 PM
X-Post in Nutrition

I am in the weight training phase of my off-season, and my riding is limited. I know that creatine is not a good thing for endurance, but during the phase of weights when I am trying to add muscle mass and raw size, I am thinking about adding some creatine to my diet to help with recovery and to boost the muscular gains. I took creatine during H.S. football pre-season, when I was lifting weighs, and know most of the ins and outs of taking it, like drinking lots of water and stuff. What I remember most is that I had tremendous strength and mass gains. I know that it will make my muscles look a little extra big, and when I go off they'll deflate from the excessive water not being stored in them, but the ability to work out harder, longer, and more often makes for big gains that persist after going off the creatine. I would use the stuff through the Muscular strength phase, but I'm not sure if I should use it during the power endurance phase. I leaning toward not using it because I don't see its usefulness to my muscles during that time. Sorry, this is a little long for straight forward question, but I thought I should put it all out there. Thanks for your help.
use itctisevn
Oct 25, 2003 7:28 PM
my one experience with creatine was positive. I used it for just under a year and had significant recovery gains while dong so. as long as youre aware of +/- of using it (it appears you are) and use it responsibly theres no reason not too it its available and u see a use for it.
Creatine has actually been shown to help endurance athletes...BCtriguy1
Oct 26, 2003 7:19 AM
more then their anaerobic counterparts. The theory is, that creatine promotes water uptake and retention in your muscles, which is why people who take creatine gain weight very quickly (I don't think it's even physically possible to gain 5lbs of muscle in one week - it's all water!). This really becomes a factor in endurance events when most athletes become dehydrated or border on dehydration, which can significantly harm your performance. Creatine using endurance athletes tend to stay more hydrated then athletes who don't use it.

I don't use it mainly because besides anecdotal evidence, it really hasn't been proven to work for it's intended purpose, and I'm not huge on the whole supplament thing anyways. If you've used it and you know and like the effects it has on your body, the go for it!
as an ex-wannabe bodybuilder...funknuggets
Oct 26, 2003 1:15 PM
If you are isolating its use to your mass building phase, it will not likely have any long term detriment, unless the weight you put on does not fall off. Please keep in mind, that it is unlikely that you will ever see the same initial gains you did the first time you used it. My body always seemed to have a decreased sensitivity to it even after I cycled off of it for a year. Keep in mind, that most cyclists can get fantastic power gains with short high intensity lifting sessions, so Im not quite sure why lifting longer would necessarily relate to better gains on the bike, but then again I guess it is relative to your genetics, diet, program, and body type.

I dont see any harm, but consider this. My first cycle of creatine (MuscleTech CellTech), I gained 12 lbs in just under 10 days. I continued for 3 months religiously. Then I went off for three months. Fourtunately for me then, but unfortunately for me now... the weight NEVER came off. I went from 156 to 192, and after two full years of being back on the bike... I JUST NOW got under 170, and I never was fat. So, be careful what you wish for.

Chris
slightly lesser results for meColnagoFE
Oct 27, 2003 8:11 AM
I think I gained about 7 pounds over a month on it. It didn't make me any stronger and all I really felt was a bit bloated from it. Lost the water weight when I stopped taking it pretty quickly. It also gave me an upset stomach when I took it. Glutamine seems to be a better supplement for me than Creatine, but YMMV.