Creatine is among one of the the top most used supplements. However, despite it's popularity, many argue whether supplementing creatine is actually working for them...
It is oftem common to hear such claims as...
- 'My creatine is not working'
- 'I am not growing like it said I would'
- 'I am noticing no difference what so ever using it as apposed to not using it'.
This could simply be because you are not using it correctly. The following blog could potentially explain as to why your creatine may not be working.
The following article will also educate you on how to use and supplement creatine so you can reach your full potential and benefits of the product.
How it Works
Creatine is a very effective, performance boosting supplement. Creatine's purpose is to recycle your energy for explosive movements. This could involve activities such as heavy weight lifting, sprints, jumping or squats. Creative also provides the muscles with strength. It does this as creatine will convert Adenosine Diphosphate (ADP) into Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). In simplest terms, this process will create and help you gain energy. ADP can be converted back to ATP. This constant converting allows the body to become more efficient at recycling its energy sources. High efficiency will allow you to push harder for longer periods of time.
The following are some common mistakes or misinterpretations people make when supplementing creatine... hence why they may be noticing lack of results.
Pre workout has creatine, thats enough...
If your relying on your pre workout alone to deliver you your daily needed dose of creatine, you will certainly be coming up short. A suggested dose of creatine is 5-30 grams per day depending on your goals. A pre workout will hardly contain this amount.
Creatine is a quite an inexpensive product and often has a generous amount of servings per tub. If you would like to take full advantage of the product and its benefits, you may like to consider adding it on to your supplement stack. This way, you will be able to supplement the suggested dosing, towards your goals and add to your pre workout.
It's A Magic Powder
We want to assure you now, creatine is also not a miracle powder. It won't help you magically lift heavy weights, boost your strength, endurance or help you put on size without the hard work that goes along with it.
Creatine is a performance enhancing supplement. However, unless you are working and taking it correctly, you will notice a gradual increase in your performance. Performance wise, you may notice you are repping out higher sets and/or greater volume training. Training like this, over time you will notice change in your body composition, strength and overall improvement.
As mentioned creatine is used when you perform explosive movements. If your training incorporates or is more focused on endurance and/or cardio, you may not being using creatine to its full potential.
The Body Produces Creatine Naturally Anyway
Yes, that is correct. Your body does naturally produce creatine. In fact it produces about 2 grams a day. Some may think this enough to create you 'gains', however it is still under the recommended dosage intake to notice any results.
It is also true that creatine can be acquired through food. Some may then questions, 'so why a need to supplement creatine'? However this could prove difficult. To consume the same amount as a supplement, this would mean, you would need to consume 2-3 pounds of meat per day... not that easy.
Know that realistically nothing happens overnight. Bodybuilding is a sport that takes many years of dedication, effort and consistency. So yes, while creatine does provide the body with performance boosting properties, it will take a while for your body to fill creatine stores within your muscle cells. Stick to your plan, put in the effort and gradually and over time you will see improvements.
Our top creatine supplement stocked at Spartansuppz is Hybrid Nutrition Creatine which is pure creatine hydrochloride (HCL).
Creatine HCL provides many benefits
- Increased strength
- Increased power
- Increased solubility for maximum results - other creatine have 80% wastage
- No digestive upset, bloating or loading
How to Use
For optimum results take Hybrid Nutrition Creatine HCL twice, daily.
Mix 1 serve in 200ml of water in the morning with breakfast and again post workout on training days.
On non-training days, the 2nd serve can be taken along any other meal throughout the day.
If you are after a standard Monohydrate creatine we do have many available...