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Old 09-26-2012, 06:08 PM   #1
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Creatine?

Can anyone recomend a good one?

Ive used GNC brand, and most recently Optimum nutrition, and havent really noticed a single thing......
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:41 PM   #2
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Re: Creatine?

I'm biased, but I'll say AtLarge Nutrition.
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:23 PM   #3
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Re: Creatine?

Mike, it is possible you are a non-responder. Creatine does not work for 100% of the population.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:43 AM   #4
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Re: Creatine?

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Mike, it is possible you are a non-responder. Creatine does not work for 100% of the population.
What exactly are you supposed to "feel" from creatine? I swear I'm a non-responder because I don't notice anything from it, but I'm not sure what I should be getting out of it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:45 AM   #5
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Mike, it is possible you are a non-responder. Creatine does not work for 100% of the population.
Is there a foolproof way of testing whether you're a nonresponder or not?
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:23 AM   #6
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What exactly are you supposed to "feel" from creatine? I swear I'm a non-responder because I don't notice anything from it, but I'm not sure what I should be getting out of it.
You're not going to "feel" anything in the same sense that you would feel more alert after drinking coffee...the difference tends to be in your ability to gain lean mass and get stronger. Creatine's main purpose is to increase ATP stores, which would be reflected in something like a boosted 1RM or a rep PR or faster sprinting speeds compared to when you weren't taking it.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:28 AM   #7
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You're not going to "feel" anything in the same sense that you would feel more alert after drinking coffee...the difference tends to be in your ability to gain lean mass and get stronger. Creatine's main purpose is to increase ATP stores, which would be reflected in something like a boosted 1RM or a rep PR or faster sprinting speeds compared to when you weren't taking it.
That'd be hard to test. If you did say two 8 week programs with tested maxes, theres way too many variables - maybe the athlete ate better, slept better, had less stress, got closer to his genetic potential, etc to be able to credit the creatine.
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Old 09-27-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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True, but you can get 1kg of good creatine for $20-30 which means 5g a day will last you almost 7 months at a cost of only 10-15 cents per dose.

Creatine's proven upside and the high likelihood that it is helping me make that a smart purchase in my mind.
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Re: Creatine?

I didn't figure you could really know if you were were a non-responder or not. Would be nice if you could somehow test it or something. But like you said, given its inexpensive costs and potential upside, I'll just keep taking it and hope it works for me.
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What exactly are you supposed to "feel" from creatine? I swear I'm a non-responder because I don't notice anything from it, but I'm not sure what I should be getting out of it.
You don't really feel anything. What you should notice is a gain of 3-6 lbs of lean muscle mass after a few months of use and an increase in absolute strength and strength endurance relative to being able to get more reps with a relative intense load (say 70%+).
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