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john smith
03-04-2010, 07:56 PM
For those doing a combination of strength and metcons (i.e. CFF), what kind of creatine do you take? Just pure creatine or a Pre WO supp that includes creatine and other things? Also, which brands of pure creatine do you recommend?

Brandon Oto
03-04-2010, 08:07 PM
Waaaait......

is "no creatine" not an option here?

Garrett Smith
03-04-2010, 08:29 PM
Good old plain creatine monohydrate powder. Micronized mixes better.

I don't do "metcons". I do strength training.

daniel doiron
03-31-2011, 04:45 PM
I dropped by a store to pick up monohydrate creatine and noticed on the back it stated to not take with caffeinated products.

My question is why?

Also wondering about timing. If I am say, having a coffee from 8:30am to 9:30am, then having breakfast at 10-10:30am and working out at 12:00noon, when should I be taking my creatine? Should it even be after the workout with my lunch at 1:15pm?

Darryl Shaw
04-01-2011, 03:40 AM
I dropped by a store to pick up monohydrate creatine and noticed on the back it stated to not take with caffeinated products.

My question is why?

Also wondering about timing. If I am say, having a coffee from 8:30am to 9:30am, then having breakfast at 10-10:30am and working out at 12:00noon, when should I be taking my creatine? Should it even be after the workout with my lunch at 1:15pm?

Creatine + caffeine can increase the risk of dehydration and may increase the risk of stroke.

International Society of Sports Nutrition position stand: creatine supplementation and exercise. (http://www.jissn.com/content/4/1/6)

MedlinePlus - Creatine. (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/natural/873.html)

UMM.edu - Creatine. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/creatine-000297.htm)

UMM.edu - Possible Interactions with: Creatine. (http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/creatine-000952.htm)

Steven Low
04-01-2011, 10:02 AM
Basically, don't take any substances that may dehydrate you with diuretics...

daniel doiron
04-02-2011, 02:18 AM
So caffeine won't inhibite creatine nor it's effects.
Basically, caffeine is a diaretic and creatine will be competing to get that water from you.

What if I only take a few, say up to 2 gr per day? This should not have much water retention, but some effect on performance, right? Is 2 gr even worth it?

Should creatine be take prior or after a workout...or does it matter? How long before or after training?