As many of you know, I don't take a lot of supplements. I believe in eating right and working hard. But, with that said, I do take creatine. Today we are going to discuss what it is, how it works, and if it's the right supplement for you.
There have been a lot of articles over the years about creatine. That's good. Because a lot of eyes have viewed creatine and there has been a lot of scrutiny as to its effects. The best I can gather is that creatine has been studied in some form or another for 80 years. It is found in your major foods and easily accessible as a supplement from any supplement store like Vitamin Shoppe or GNC or online from Bodybuilding.com. There are many many companies out there making creatine, but which one is the best? Well, I keep it simple. I use a monohydrate at 8 Grams per day. This is slightly above the recommended amount for most people. But due to some crazy Einstein like calculations, this is where my body thrives with creatine. No loading phase. More to come on that later.
Ok. What is creatine? It is similar to amino acids in your body. And as we know, amino acids are the building blocks of protein. How does creatine help? Well, it helps your body produce ATP (Adenosine triphosphate ). A water soluble chemical compound that your body uses for energy.
How does it work? When you deplete your creatine in your muscles, the production of ATP ceases. End scene! Or end workout. Or, end productive workout. You get my point. Creatine increases the available fuel for ATP and will help muscles work harder for longer periods of time. It is not a steroid. Tell your friends to shut up. They are wrong. Science! The longer and harder you work out, the more strength and muscle you will have. Seems pretty cut and dry? Well, it isn't. There have been a lot of people spewing insane supplement garbage for years, and creatine is no exception. For example. You do not need a loading phase. Just ignore that. Start with 5grams per day (or find your ideal amount for your body) and take it each day around the same time. There have been studies about when the best time to take creatine is and they have shown that before, after, or whenever tends to be the same.
But I'm going to bloat and be puffy! No, you won't. Taking 5g a day will not retain enough water to kill your beach bod. Besides, if it helps you with muscle, isn't that the end goal? It does help the muscle pull water in which will aid in recovery. Doesn't sound do bad. Creatine is not a magic pill, or powder. It seems to have helped me over the years but everyone is different. Do your research and know what you are putting into your body. And as always, sign up with us and get an awesome workout routine and meal plan. Can all be done online. Download the Viking Fitness App in the google play store or on Apple.