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Opinions on Creatine

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:26 pm
by Pauly420
Looking for general opinions on using a creatine supplement. I learned from a friend my 3 day split may not be enough for optimal growth and he manages to pull 3 days on and 1 day off. Im looking towards working out my legs at least twice a week. Right now they are sore for 4-5 days after a heavy load and looking for a cure. He says creatine will boost my recovery time and enable me to heal faster. Any expert advice here?

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 12:40 pm
by TimD
Well, of all the things creatine is good for, I've never heard it labeled good for recovery. Possibly in an indirect way. Creatine is simply a boost of added phosphates for the energy systems, in particular the anaerobic systems. It has been determined to allow you to push or pull a little harder for a somewhat longer time,meaning you're working harder a bit longer, for adding gains.Also, due to it's cheniucal makeup, it attracs water like a sponge into the muscle cells, and when they're packed tight and full of liquids, it can act interstitially to aid in an increased 1 RM.Kenny can go on about this more than I can. So, good things can happen with creatine, but I've never heard of it iding in recovery.
Tim

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:43 pm
by Pauly420
Ok thanks maybe i worded it wrong, Im just basically looking to see if you guys think it is safe to use. I took a health class in college a while ago and the teacher left a bad taste in my mouth about creatine. I think im going to give it a try, any advice on brands or doseage? Also when to take it (before or during workout?)

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 2:57 pm
by stuward
Yes it's safe. You don't need a lot, maybe 3 grams/day More does not give any benefit. It's best taken with fast carbs. Fast carbs are best taken after a workout, usually mixed into your post workout shake. You don't have to take it every day as it accumulates, up to a point, in your body. So, every second day is OK if that's your workout schedule. Remember that even though most people take it after your workout, it's to help upcoming workouts, not to recover from the workout you just finished. That's probably where the confusion came from. The timing is only because of the carbs.

Posted: Wed Feb 04, 2009 10:21 pm
by Pauly420
Well I went out and bought a product called NO Shotgun. Its a mixture of protein and creatine. Says to take 1 scoopful before workout, i must say that stuff is really tastey and gave me one hell of a workout with little soreness after.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:40 am
by stuward
You should be careful about these combination type supplements. You never know what's in them.

http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/ahc-asc/media/ad ... 23-eng.php

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:48 am
by Ironman

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 8:27 am
by pdellorto
Ironman wrote:This is what I use.
I just started that last night.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 5:43 pm
by Pauly420
Not to discredit you or anything you found man but they made an entire article spelling the common blood thinner coumadin aka warfarin sodium...coumarin. hahahaha thats the funniest thing ive ever seen being a pharmacy student.

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 6:15 pm
by brook011
What do you mix it in?

Posted: Thu Feb 05, 2009 9:48 pm
by wilburburns
Pauly420 wrote:Not to discredit you or anything you found man but they made an entire article spelling the common blood thinner coumadin aka warfarin sodium...coumarin. hahahaha thats the funniest thing ive ever seen being a pharmacy student.
I'm not a pharmacy student, but I did find this.

Coumarin
http://www.medicinenet.com/coumarin-typ ... rticle.htm

Cliff

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 7:03 am
by hoosegow
not to hijack this thread, but how many of us use Biotest products?

Mods- sorry if this is inappropriate.

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 9:06 am
by ironmaiden708
not me

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 12:21 pm
by TimD
Hoosegow, don't worry. It's somewhat related. Biotest is in the business of distributing creatine products. I'd be interested myself.
Tim-Mod

Posted: Fri Feb 06, 2009 2:19 pm
by pdellorto
It would make a good separate thread, with a poll.

I use their Creatine, now, and I recently tried and liked their protein bars. Cheaper than the same number of other bars with a similar profile, with free shipping.