GYMCADDY™ Explains Creatine
The GYMCADDY™ team is comprised of a wide verity of athletes. Some are bodybuilders, others are powerlifters and some are cross fitters. So we've come together to explain what are the benefits of creatine if any. Please consult a physician before taking any supplements or starting a new workout regiment. Pick up your GYMCADDY™ HERE!
So you might be asking yourself "what are the benefits of creatine", "does creatine work", "when to take creatine", or "what are the dangers of creatine". After a few years of experience we have found that creatine has been a huge help in our lifting careers. Results are immediate and we think creatine truly works.
So what are the benefits of creatine?
Taking creatine will give you more endurance while at the gym. It will also help you workout a little harder for a little longer. It will also help assist with recovery and alleviate some of the soreness you get post workout. Creatine will increase the amount of ADP stored in your muscles and increases ATP while you workout. Creatine Monohydrate is found naturally in proteins... especially in red meat and fish. But the amount you get from eating strictly meat is so minuscule the benefits are negligible. This is why we recommend taking a creatine supplement on a daily basis. Now we know there are a whole bunch of different variations of creatine supplements on the market and it can get a little over whelming at times. We recommend keeping it simple and stick strictly to creatine monohydrate. Taking just 5 grams a day will yield great results. For a list of our favorite creatine supplements click HERE.
So when do I take creatine?
Some will tell you to take your creatine right before you work out, right after you workout, with dinner, or on an empty stomach. Personally we think it doesn't matter when you take your creatine, just as long as you take it with a carb source. Just make sure you're consistent and take it on a daily basis.
Is Creatine safe?
For the most part, yes. Everyone on the GYMCADDY™ team has used creatine for multiple years without any side affects. Studies have been done that show creatine does not affect any organs or cause any damage to skeletal muscles. But based on limited research, it is probably wise to avoid creatine supplementation if you have polycystic kidney disease, focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, or another kidney disorder characterized by tissue swelling.
Click HERE for a list of GYMCADDY's favorite creatine monohydrate supplements.