A Look Into What Creatine is.

Bradley Metoyer

Posted on January 30 2018

A Look Into What Creatine is.

What Is Creatine?


Scientifically speaking, Creatine is a compound that is present in much living tissue, formed in protein metabolism. 


Why are people taking Creatine if it is naturally occurring in our bodies?


Various studies have shown that creatine can increase strength, muscle mass and performance while exercising. Creatine is taken to saturate your muscles with reserves to help fuel your training in order to lift more, do more reps, thus resulting in more muscle growth.



If I need energy to workout, why don’t I just take a pre-workout?


You can take both pre-workout and creatine at the same time. Creatine is more about storing energy for when you need it, and about building muscle over time. Pre-workout is more about supplying your body with caffeine and other ingredients to fuel your workout right away.

The only negative to taking both is that caffeine can slightly impact the long term affects of creatine. This is only caused because caffeine is a diuretic. Seeing as how when you take creatine your body retains more water these supplements may clash. But on a short-term scale the combination will have minimal effects if you drink enough water.


How Does Taking Creatine Make You Feel?


Some believe that creatine may have a positive impact on your daily energy levels and others have said that creatine may leave you feeling sluggish. The results from this stem from creatine making your body retain more water. And if you are loading for the first time this abundance of water might make you feel slower. A common solution for is that you may be dehydrated and simply drinking more water may help. Others may see an increase in energy due to the overall impact of creatine.

Some people think that creatine may cause stomach aches and cramps. This is most likely another result of hydration as there is no clinical proof that creatine causes this.


Different Types Of Creatine


Creatine Monohydrate

               This is a basic for of creatine. The most widely now creatine. Easy to find and inexpensive. Though to new comers, loading may have a positive impact.


Creatine Ethyl Ester

               Creatine ethyl ester is a derivative of creatine that carries all of the benefits of creatine monohydrate with some possible improvements. The benefits of creatine ethyl ester begin in the stomach, where it may be better absorbed.


Creatine HCL

               Creatine HCL is one of the newest formulations of creatine and is significantly more potent. Creatine HCL is water soluble so it’s easier absorbed into the bloodstream which may reduce possible stomach upsets. This type of creatine does not have to be cycled and there is no loading phase required. Creatine HCL is highly concentrated so only a small amount is needed.



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