Creatine Results: What Can I Expect When Taking Creatine?
Hey guys, Paul from Ultimate Fat Burner.com here. Today we’re going to talk about creatine results. In my opinion, it’s important that you have realistic expectations about creatine, because if you don’t, you may feel the product isn’t working for you. I’ll explain more in just a second, stick around, I’ll be right back.
OK, welcome back…
Two small things before we get started…
When I talk about creatine results, I’m talking creatine monohydrate. It’s the version that supported by the most clinical data. If you’re using another form of creatine and not seeing any results, that might be the reason.
The other thing you need ito know is that there is such a thing as creatine non-responders. That’s right… a small percentage of creatine users won’t see any results from this supplement.
No one knows for sure, but expects suspect that these people’s muscle saturation levels of creatine is already so high that additional supplementation has no effect.
OK, with that out of the way, let’s talk about creatine results.
So, let me tell you a story.
From 2007-2013 I owned a supplement retail store, and almost every day I’d have guys and girls coming and asking me what the best supplement for weight training and body building was and I’d always say the same thing; creatine monohydrate.
Probably 90% of them bought it immediately on my recommendation.
The other 10% said something like this; No, it’s garbage, I tried it and it didn’t work.
So I’d say something like “why do say that?” What makes you feel like it didn’t work?
And every single time they’d say something like…
I tried it. Worked great… I gained 8 lbs in a week. Then I stopped. Lost all the weight. It doesn’t work.
Unfortunately, this is a common mistake.
When you take creatine, you’re going to gain some weight – how much weight that is depends on a number of factors uncluding your physical size and dosage – but it can be as much as 5-10 pounds.
But this is not muscle. This is water weight. And it will disappear shortly after you stop taking the supplement.
Creatine does a great job of drawing water into the muscle cells, so the first creatine result you’ll notice is that you look bigger and more pumped. However, this is just a harmless side effect – it has nothing to do with whether or not creatine works.
So if those 5-10 pounds are water weight, how much actual muslce mass can you expect to gain when taking creatine?
Unfortunately, that question is impossible to answer because are to many variables in play – genetics, diet, training regimen, rest and so on,
However, the gains you do get are the result of your body’s adaptive response generated by the extra work you’re able to do.
OK, what the heck does that mean?
Well, creatine provides the raw material for the energy creation process in the muscle cell. In other words, it provides the raw material for work. If, for example, prior to taking creatine you could benech press 225 pounds for 10 reps and now you can do it for 12 reps, then your growth comes from your body’s adaptive response to those two additional reps that you weren’t able to do previously.
Your growth is a result of body’s adaptation to extra work.
Now here’s the kicker… it’s still up to you to do the work.
In other words, if you now have the ability to do 12 reps at 225, but stop at 10, because those last two reps are a lot of work, you’re not going to see much new muscle mass because you’re not pushing yourself far enough to benefit from the extra energy creatine supplementation provides.
Does that make sense?
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