I have been working out on and off for the past 4 years, now i have an opportunity to work out at least 5 days a week and do cardio(swimming) for another 5. Since my workout is a tough one, i am considering purchasing a supplement of some sort.
I have been looking at creatine and so far i see way more pluses then, lets say taking a regular protein supplement.
My question is simple. Have any of you taken creatine, how would you describe the effects, side effects(if there are any), what brand you used, and would you recommend it to someone who works out on the regular basis and wants to get a little bigger.
First off whey protein is by FAR the most important supplement to be taking. Protein > creatine. If you are going to be using creatine, use it WITH a protein.
Personally I like creatine. My body doesn't have a bad reaction to either the monohydrate or ester shit. The results are very noticeable. But I think its really more for show then anything. Creatine makes your muscles look a lot bigger, but it only makes them a little stronger. At least in my experience. So if you want to put on some quick weight to look better on the beach, then I would recommend either purple K, or K pro (a more recent and beneficial form of creatine).
However if you are mainly concerned with strength, you have to decide if its worth the money. It is a good supplement, but its not that cheap either.
You could take all the creatine in the world but if you aren't ingesting enough protein you won't grow. What are you goals? What are your stats? Creatine is effective under the right circumstances but we need more info to know whether or not it could possibly benefit you.
After I made this thread, I did a little bit of research ( please correct me if I am wrong) most of weight that comes from creatinen is water based(?), and it will be lost pretty quick after you stop taking the product. That fact was not ok with me, so I decided to hit up GMC, and bought a GMC brand XXX lean protein.
I apologize for making a thread without doing the research first.