I've been trying to eat more and working out at the gym for a while now but with negligible weight gain which is a bit annoying. I hear that creatine is a kinase and will help built up the protein on my muscles better than normal and it has no side-effects. If I can get my weight up, muscle strength and size I will be so happy and can join the army
What's your opinion and information?
in my opinion creatine is great and i have used it on and off. it assists muscles in producing adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the substance that fuels bursts of energy. when you start using it, it really does put help put on some mass and strength if your diet and training is good. the first week i used it i put on around 4 pounds, but afterwards it gets less effective. one thing you also have to remember is that it increases water retention so some of the weight gained is water, and not long lasting muscle which also makes the muscles feel softer, but i didnt notice this much. its also best to take creatine once you already have some muscle and a base, not immediately when starting weight training.
creatine does have side effects, i experienced some small things but alot worse can happen from taking it.
creatine works in affect, but its not a quick way to gain muscle. it may not have any know side affects yet, but thats cos its fairly new stuff and hasnt been proven to giv any real side affects. It does however increase the water retention in the muscles especially at the begining and so it may seem like it is putting on muscle but infact it is water. If you want to build muscle i suggest getting Whey Protein as this is more for building mass and muscle, Creatine is mainly for increasing the amount of time or the amount of reps you can do in the gym, so effectively its a catalyst for building muscle lol. Hope that helps.
Diet and training are far more important, yes creatine can help if training and diet are good but if you're not eating enough food or the right kinds of food, or not training correctly, it will do nothing.
If I were you I would get your diet and training regime checked over by someone who knows what they are talking about. I had trouble gaining muscle for quite a long time and it turned out that everything I was doing was wrong. I was overtraining and not eating enough etc. Supplements will help but you have to be doing the right things in the gym. Go to a bodybuilding forum and you will probably find some useful advice.
I would use a specific weight gain supplement, increase your calorie intake, but do it with 'good' calories, still continue taking the creatine but you may want to cycle it from now on.
I've decided to go for this 'whey protein'. Sounds good.
Dynamatize chocolate mint, nicer than ON chocolate!
You can pay £30 for 5lbs of brand name flavourered whey, or £25 for 10lbs of unflavoured bulk whey...I know what I'd rather choose.
i found unflavoured whey pretty annoying, so i get flavoured from nutrisport as its aspartame free, with added glutamine, it tastes the best, its one of the cheapest and comes with a free small tub of creatine monohydrate
always good with glutamine, as it is basically a sugar!
errm..glutamine is not a sugar, its an amino acid.
dunno wat i was thinkin of then!
i'd stick with brands such as USN because of the guaranteed quality - which is good especially with creatine, where there are small amounts of toxins when produced so a badly made one is damaging. Just what I was advised by my friend. Stick with USN if you're planning to do supplements for a relatively long time as well.