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Old 04-04-2012, 10:08 AM   #1
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creatine monohydrate

all links wfs

So, everything I know about creatine I've learned from the label of the jar (I'm using NOW's creating mono), and from reading this post here:

http://www.abcbodybuilding.com/creat...0and_facts.htm

In an effort to be as informed as I can be about what I'm ingesting and why, I thought I'd ask a few questions from the crossfit group:

I'm just generally interested in what dosage people are taking, when during the day, what they are taking it with (High GI juice?), and if they are doing a "constant use" or "cycle" usage pattern.

Yes, I know this is generally laid out in the link I posted, I'm just looking for some more perspective and a more thorough knowledge of this supplement, how people are using it, and why.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Re: creatine monohydrate

You honestly won't find too many on this site who use that. It's mostly just
omega-3 and a post workout shake at the max.

The creatine only allows extra water retention. Once your off you will loose your gains (retained water). That is what I remember of that product.
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:50 AM   #3
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Re: creatine monohydrate

Read this CF journal article. (WFS).

From what I've read...
dosage: 5g per day
when: doesn't matter (lots add to PWO)
mixed with: usually PWO (juice, oats/whey, etc)

The jury is out on constant vs cycle camps. Although I have read that loading vs non-loading is a non-factor, you just want to get the stuff in your body for a good couple weeks and continue to take it.

Another common question is: do i take it on days i don't work out? Yes.

Common supplements to stack creatine with are Beta-alanine - apparently a match made in heaven:
"Creatine and beta alanine have been demonstrated to have a synergistic effect as creatine will regenerate ATP and beta alanine buffers lactic acid."
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Old 04-04-2012, 10:53 AM   #4
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Re: creatine monohydrate

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You honestly won't find too many on this site who use that. It's mostly just
omega-3 and a post workout shake at the max.

The creatine only allows extra water retention. Once your off you will loose your gains (retained water). That is what I remember of that product.
Not really. Creatine has a lot of benefits for people in crossfit, increased recovery time being one of the big ones. If you are just retaining extra water it is because you have impurities in the creatine you are taking.

I usually take it with some dextrose if I have it, otherwise I just try to get 5g a day.
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Old 04-04-2012, 11:38 AM   #5
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Re: creatine monohydrate

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You honestly won't find too many on this site who use that. It's mostly just
omega-3 and a post workout shake at the max.

The creatine only allows extra water retention. Once your off you will loose your gains (retained water).
That is what I remember of that product.
Huh???
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:32 PM   #6
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Re: creatine monohydrate

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You honestly won't find too many on this site who use that. It's mostly just
omega-3 and a post workout shake at the max.

The creatine only allows extra water retention. Once your off you will loose your gains (retained water). That is what I remember of that product.
False. Creatine is one of the few supplements that actually has proven ergogenic effects....in this case, it allows for boosted ATP stores for repeated maximal or near-max efforts.
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Old 04-04-2012, 12:39 PM   #7
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Re: creatine monohydrate

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Not really. Creatine has a lot of benefits for people in crossfit, increased recovery time being one of the big ones. If you are just retaining extra water it is because you have impurities in the creatine you are taking.

I usually take it with some dextrose if I have it, otherwise I just try to get 5g a day.
Some water retention is normal even with the purest stuff.
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:23 PM   #8
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Some water retention is normal even with the purest stuff.
May i ask what would be the most pure/best
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Old 04-04-2012, 03:28 PM   #9
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May i ask what would be the most pure/best
I think Creapure is just about as good as it gets.

The fancy, high tech creatine stuff is pretty much junk though. I mean, you want to reach the point of saturation, whether or not that happens "quickly" as some of these products claim, is pretty irrelevant.
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Old 04-04-2012, 04:36 PM   #10
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Re: creatine monohydrate

Personally I don't like creatine.

I know that went it was extreme popular a few years ago there were some NFL teams that swore by it and others that didn't allow it's players to take it b/c they felt it was the reason why so many players were getting a rash of pulled hamstrings and other pulled muscle type injuries.
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