Trying a Cycle of Creatine

Since I started weight training again two years ago, my regime of supplements have been minimal–mostly multivitamins, Omega-3 fish oil capsules, protein powder, and most recently, [intlink id=”53″ type=”page”]Shakeology[/intlink].  I also tried NO (nitrous oxide) once on the advice of a friend, but the caffeine content caused my heart rate to go haywire (I don’t take any caffeine products, so it affects me more strongly than most people).  That’s the reason why I have not tried BeachBody’s new Endurance and Energy Preworkout Formula.  It’s their in-house nitrous blend, but it still has caffeine.  I’ve heard good things about it already, but since I don’t use it myself, I can’t make any recommendations.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading on creatine.  Next to protein, it is the most recommended supplement for people trying to add mass.  For me, adding mass has been secondary to burning off excess fat, but I’m definitely not opposed to getting bigger if I won’t be getting chunky in the process.  My sedentary job makes it really tough to stay lean. Creatine is supposed to help with this.  It allows your muscles to store more energy so that they may work harder.  Harder work=more growth.  Although I’m generally skeptical of supplements (it took me over two years before trying Shakeology but now I’m a believer), Creatine is recommended by a lot of folks whose opinions I value, so I want to keep an open mind about it.

Also, Phase II of [intlink id=”167″ type=”page”]P90X2[/intlink] is extremely hard with an emphasis on strength training.  My muscles could use any extra energy Creatine may provide.  I’ll report back on the results of this little experiment.

I’m getting my Creatine supply from BeachBody, for no other reason than I get get a discount and free shipping.  There’s almost no studies on the efficacy of various Creatine brands, so might as well stick to the product from a company I trust (BeachBody Strength & Muscle). Stay tuned for further developments.

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4 Responses to Trying a Cycle of Creatine

  1. Khoa Nuyen says:

    After a week, I noticed that I can do more reps with higher intensity in all my workouts. Not sure whether this is the creatine kicking in, or I’m just naturally adapting to a new workout program, or both. It’s also possible I’m getting a “mental boost” just from taking creatine.

  2. Khoa Nuyen says:

    Creatine didn’t sit well with me, even though I usually have a cast-iron stomach. After drinking it, I’d feel a weird heaviness in my gut. It was something almost like nausea, but not quite. This lasted for about two weeks, but it seems to be going away.

  3. Khoa Nuyen says:

    After three weeks of creatine, I think I do look more jacked than before. I know it’s mostly water and glycerine, but who’s complaining about improved definition?

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