Behind whey protein, creatine is easily the most popular muscle building supplement of the last two decades. But for such a popular product there are a massive amount of people who take this product but don’t fully know what it is supposed to be doing for their body. Today’s article will help you to nail down the basics.
There is a growing trend among supplement manufacturers to get so carried away in their hype that they often leave customers with no idea what their new product is actually supposed to do.
There are a few proven, noticeable changes which come from using this product.
The first thing you will notice is an increase in your explosive strength. You see, this supplement is actually a naturally occurring substance which your body uses to perform explosive strength movements such as sprinting and heavy lifting.
By having more of this substance in your body on a daily basis you increase your body’s ability to do high impact exercises. Put that into a gym setting and it could mean one more repetition or a slightly heavier weight, which make this particularly useful when trying to build muscle.
It is also proven to give your muscles that fuller, rounder effect causing them to grow larger in the process. This is because water is forced into the muscle at an accelerated rate.
As with all supplements, however, there are various side effects to look at which can play an important role in your overall results. With this particular product there are in fact a number of myths surrounding it.
Myth number one is the bloating myth. Many gym users believe that this supplement causes a bloated appearance, pushing water between the skin and the muscle to create a blurry effect for your muscles. This is scientifically proven to be untrue.
We would also like to discuss the opinion that you need to stop using this after eight weeks to avoid becoming used to it. As this is a naturally occurring substance you needn’t worry about this the way you would with other supplements. In fact, athletes use this all year round.
The third myth concerns which blend is the best. Believe it or not, the most proven blend is the original and cheapest – Monohydrate. In fact most trainers consider that many of these other myths were developed by supplement companies looking to sell their latest product and needing an angle on why it was superior to the last.
The important key to remember is that all this product is designed to do is increase your explosive strength, not help you build muscle. You still need to put in the work in the gym or you won’t see any positive results. But by having the ability to push out one more rep at maximum intensity you are able to increase your results considerably. That’s where this product excels.
So there you have it. Creatine monohydrate explained in a nutshell without the jargon and without the many false statements which often surround it.
Writer: Russ Howe PTI is a certified Personal Trainer who helps individuals discover how to lose weight and live healthier. Get our exclusive guide to taking creatine supplements now.