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Chris Olson 02-12-2006 07:55 PM

A holdover from traditional weight training: What do you all think of creatine. I've laid off of the stuff during CF training because in my experience, I gain weight on the stuff. Weight is an enemy for CF since many of the WODS involve lugging body weight against time. Nevertheless, I'd appreciate a sound off on the topic.

Chris Olson 02-12-2006 08:00 PM

Oh, one other thing, which may go without saying: Creatine is the only supplement that I have ever used (I've never 'roided) that actually works. I noticed big gains in power every time. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

(Message edited by Chris.Mich on February 12, 2006)

Chris Forbis 02-13-2006 06:44 AM

In short: creatine is looked upon highly here for the most part. One of the few supplements that is recommended by Robb Wolf. I have only heard of a few isolated incidents of a negative experience taking creatine.

Lots of good stuff about it in the archives. Take the search function for a spin.

Greg Kemp 02-13-2006 07:33 AM

In my experience it is one of the few supliments that does work. When I was taking it daily a few years back when it was the rage it was the strongest I ever had been. It allows for faster recovery of your ATP during a workout so you can push harder at the end of a workout then in turn get stronger. You will hear a bunch of stuff about the weightgain and cramping. I put on 5 lbs when I started using it but then that dropped. I never had a cramping problem with it. I still use it 2-3 times a week but in very low quanities (not sure it really helps or not using so little). I am using the GNC MRP protein which has it and it also has glutamine. I use it after workouts to replace protien as I am losing weight.

Jeffrey Crawford 02-13-2006 09:32 AM

I just mix creatine in two shakes a day, 10 grams total, a lot of people say 5 grams is good but i feel like working out three times a day that 10 grams is perfect. I have had no bad results with cramping or weight gain and my strength is on the rise.

Motion Macivor 02-13-2006 10:21 PM

Does anybody know if taking creatine will reduce your bodies ability to produce it?

Kevin McKay 02-13-2006 11:08 PM

Any other perspectives on dosage? I just listened to a crosfit live show that spoke well of it and got some.

Blair Robert Lowe 02-14-2006 02:09 AM

If you use creatine heavily, most people cycle it. Typical use as far as I know starts with a loading stage, a maintenance stage and rest from it.

Chris Forbis 02-14-2006 03:41 AM

I just go by what I've heard from Robb. No load phase, 5g a day, and probably a good thing to cycle on and off.

Skip Chase 02-14-2006 05:40 AM

The Soviets developed creatine in 1962. No adverse side affects. Does not inhibit the bodies ability to produce. No loading necessary.

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