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Bex 10-14-2003 09:18 AM

Creatine (again!) Which one??
OK, OK, I just read Teletummy's post on creatine....but I didn't want to crowd in on here's
my own.
After reading Teletummy's post I went on a search regarding creatine and I must say there is sooooo
much out there. My question is, what is the difference between Phosphagen HP and Pro-lab
creatine Monohydrated....well not neccessarily the difference, but which is recommended? I am
bulking right now and have NEVER used creatine but would like to see what, if any, affects it will
have on me.
Also, the recommended "dosage" (based on my weight, 140, and BF% 19%- according to is 19.1g/d
during loading and 1.9g/d maint. Is this correct???
I am sorry to be repetitive....just trying to get as much info as I can before I venture out and buy just
any ol'creatine.
TIA!!!!! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/confused.gif[/img]

Tuf 10-14-2003 09:29 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
Hi, Bex. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

First, read this.

My question is, what is the difference between Phosphagen HP and Pro-lab
creatine Monohydrated....well not neccessarily the difference, but which is recommended?

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Use creatine monohydrate.

You don't have to use your body weight to figure out your amounts. Just go ahead and have it according to the general suggested doses.

As I explianed in Teletummy's post, you can load creatine for 5 days and then maintain for 4-6 weeks after that. In the loading phase you should consume 20-25 grams each day, spaced between 4-5 servings. In the maintenance phase you should consume 5-10 grams a day, taking 5g in the morning and 5g post-workout on lifting days, and 5g in the morning only on non-lifting days.

In general, you should cycle off creatine for 2-4 weeks before loading again. Good times to consume it during the loading phase are: breakfast, post-workout, lunch, pre-bed, and one of your other meals in between the aforementioned times if you choose to take 25 g each day (I loaded with 20 grams, so I just took it 4 times per day). With the exception of post-workout, it is ideal to take it on an empty stomach, as that would result in a much better insulin response.

teletummy 10-14-2003 09:32 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
No crowding at all, Bex! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]

I am not so well versed in creatine but many here will recommend that whatever you get, make sure it's got a creapure logo on it to ensure quality. Just pure creatine monohydrate with the creapure logo with brands Prolab, Optimum Nutrition and EAS.

Fireproof had an excellent post last time which I'll quote here:

Most people on here recommend against Cell-Tech - it's just creatine with a ton of sugar and calories in it. Nothing magical and definitely not ideal if you take it anytime other than immediately following a workout.

The Creapure logo ensures a level of quality, but there are other quality creatines without the logo. Go with a reputable brand and get pure creatine monohydrate. Twinlab, Prolab, EAS, and Optimum Nutrition are good brands.

Look for "micronized" or "instantized" which signifies that it's processed very finely for ease of mixing or dissolving.

Fireproof 10-14-2003 09:38 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
In general, you should cycle off creatine for 2-4 weeks before loading again.

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I don't agree with this. People *used* to follow this rule of thumb, but I don't believe there's been any research to show the benefit of doing this. In fact, in ABC's Creatine article, they mention that many people nowadays are just "re-loading" every couple months, without ever going off of it.

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: Do I need to Cycle Creatine?

A: My recommendation is to load for 5 days, followed by a 5-10 gram maintenance dosage for 4-6 weeks. Following this, there are two particular strategies:

1. You can take one to two weeks off and then start the cycle over. Many athletes attest to receiving a better results this way.

2. However, several athletes will never come off of it. They will load it for 5 days, maintain for a few weeks and then reload again. This is increasingly becoming the more popular method of usage.</font>

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I'm one of those people that use Strategy #2 - I do well on it 100% of the time (I don't see why you wouldn't). (Granted, if I were to stop lifting, I'd probably stop taking it, but as long as I'm lifting hardcore, I take it). And as the article suggests, I take 5-10g daily to maintain.

Tuf 10-14-2003 09:45 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
Yes, I agree with you, Fireproof. As I said, "in general" that is what many people do.

Bex 10-14-2003 09:47 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
WOW! and the light goes on! GREAT link....answered every question I had and even addressed some
concerns (water weight).
Thanks so much Tuff!!!! I appreciate your advice, even more so that you repeated it for me!
You are truly an asset to this site! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

Fireproof 10-14-2003 09:49 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
Gotcha! [img]/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Tuf 10-14-2003 09:49 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
[img]/forum/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img] No problem, Bex. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Bex 10-14-2003 09:54 AM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
Thanks for jumping in Teletummy and Fireproof.....I just LOVE this site! You are all such a wealth
of great information!
Just curious here, and YES this is probably a stupid question.....if I quit using creatine after a period
of time....are there any noted affects, such as, increased soreness, atrophy, withdrawls (hee hee just
kidding! -I thought the question, in Tuff's link, about getting the "jitters" was funny!)?

Tuf 10-14-2003 01:10 PM

Re: Creatine (again!) Which one??
Bex, I *think* I have read that some loss in strength can be expected. You may want to search through the forums and see what you can find. [img]/forum/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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