Creatine; How does it work?

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I bet you have heard of creatine, you have probably taken it, your son. may have bought it home and you though it was steroids, or your favourite influencer keeps raving on about it. 

But was is creatine and what does it actually do?

First of all there are TWO types of “creatine” you can grab your hands on, HCL Creatine and Creatine Monohydrate.

1. What Is It?

Creatine is an organic acid that can be found in skeletal muscle.

The greatest natural sources of creatine are animal skeletal muscle, in particular wild game, red meat and fish. Creatine is also manufactured in the human body.

Creatine is also produced as a free form supplement. The most popular form of supplemental creatine is arguably Creatine Monohydrate.

2. What Does It Do?

Creatine increases the synthesis of a compound called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is your body’s primary source of energy for short sharp powerful movements. For example 1 rep max bench press, or a 10 second sprint

Creatine allows your muscles to contract with more power for an increased number of repetitions, increasing your anaerobic exercise capacity. Creatine, therefore, allows you to train harder, for longer, and stimulate more muscle growth, resulting in an increase in muscle strength and size.

3. How Much Do I Need To Take?

Typically speaking, consuming 5 – 10 grams of Creatine Monohydrate per day is adequate regardless of your size. Some may argue that someone with considerably more muscle mass may require more but generally speaking 5 – 10 grams will elicit the full benefits of Creatine Monohydrate.

4. When Do I Take It?

To take advantage of the performance-enhancing effects of Creatine Monohydrate, it is best taken twice per day – first thing in the morning and post-workout.

To ensure maximum absorption of Creatine Monohydrate, be sure to take it with carbohydrates. Creatine Monohydrate can be mixed with water, or with any other type of supplement, and consumed. 

I prefer to approach Creatine Monohydrate supplementation as consistent as possible. It is a daily supplement you consume day in day out, regardless of whether you are training or having a rest day.

5. How Long Does It Take To Work?

Combined with a sensible diet and workout regime, you will experience significant results when supplementing with Creatine Monohydrate within the first 2 weeks of use. You can expect to experience an increase in anaerobic work capacity, strength and muscle fullness.

Consistency will always provide the best results when supplementing with Creatine Monohydrate. While some argue the ‘loading phase’ can speed up those benefits take effect, at the end of the day it will require consistent day in day out consumption of Creatine Monohydrate to maintain those benefits.

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