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    Hello there.

    I am a swimmer who performs as national level sprinter, yet I have seem to hit a wall in terms of lifting and performance in the pool. I spend about 3-4 hours in the gym a week [3-4 sessions] and eat a diet designed to increase my sprinting performance.
    I have talked it through with my coach, saying there is no legal restrictions imposed by FINA about the use of Creatine/Glutamine/HMB.

    I have read up a bit of them, especially Creatine. It seems that Creatine is supposed to increase what you can lift and therefore increase your gains [aswell as having the nice side effect of making your muscles look 'pumped' through water retention].

    In short, what are the pros and cons of Creatine/Glutamine/HMB, which is best for what I need? [Short term and explosive strength] and can Creatine be used say, half an hour before a race to increase speed? I have a decent amount of muscle on me already, but I would like to put more on, get my shoulders broader for strokes like Breastroke.
    Are there any big health risks for me, a 16 [nearly 17] year old taking it?

    I use Hurricane Evo from MP which has that combination and it definitely has helped significantly. The other major improvement is recovery times i.e if I don't take it I feel considerably weaker/unrecovered the next day:


    Another thing I would definitely recommend is Beta Alanine 8 week cycles.

    The only caution I would give is take some advice about cycling it/becoming reliant on it for gains. Personally I'm extremely reliant on Evo and as I said if I stop taking it it's a really hard slog in the gym for a few weeks while my body restores to normal so I basically take it religiously (and have been for about a year with no problems, only gains).

    edit: for instant gains, hands down the best creatine product for strength+size I've used is Gaspari SizeOn but I wouldn't start using that at 16/17.
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