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Effects of Creatine on Strength

Creatine is a popular supplement many athletes use to help aid in gains of strength and endurance. It is also one of the most researched topics in supplementation aside from protein. Many people are confused as to it's benefits: Is it safe? Does it make you gain weight? When is the best time to take it? What is the best form to take it? Lets dig deep into the research that has been made available.

Creatine has been a staple supplement in athletes, known to double your strength and muscle gains. Creatine is naturally found mostly within our body's muscles, to produce energy for those heavy lifts or high intensity exercises. Supplementing will not only help to increase these stores for more ATP production, reduces muscle breakdown, enhance protein synthesis, and increase water retention of muscles, making them look fuller. Increased ATP production equates to higher muscle function.

Body weight has been known to increase a few pounds (or up to 2% of body weight) mainly within the first couple of days. This is due osmotic stimulation of intracellar water retention. In smaller terms, it's mainly water weight which is gained. Studies have shown that during the loading