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Creatine: Will it help my fitness goals? What does the latest research say?
Is just about everyone taking creatine to help them reach fitness goals?
Creatine is, actually, the most popular ergogenic (athletic-enhancing) supplement in history!
And there is always new research coming out about it. I mean ALWAYS.
If you don’t have the time or desire to sift through the tons of studies, I have a pretty nice summary here for you.
The bottom line is that there are a few reasons why it is so popular!
DOES CREATINE HELP PERFORMANCE (ACCORDING TO THE SCIENCE)?
Yes, creatine can increase the size of lean muscle mass when it’s used along with a resistance training program.
It improves strength and performance during short-duration, high intensity activity. So, creatine can be helpful for activities like weight-training and sprinting,
With high-dose creatine supplementation, it’s possible to increase body mass by almost 2 kg within a week; however, know that this gain is mostly (lean) water weight.
On the other hand, creatine is not as helpful for longer-term, lower intensity activities like marathons.
Oh, and it can also help protect your brain, heart, bones, and liver too! (Bonus!)
If you are wondering; no, creatine is NOT a steroid; and, no, you don’t need to cycle it.
Subsections of the article:
- HOW DOES CREATINE WORK?
- HOW MUCH CREATINE TO GET THESE RESULTS?
- WHICH KIND OF CREATINE IS THE BEST, AND HOW BEST TO TAKE IT?
- WHAT POTENTIAL (NEGATIVE) EFFECTS TO LOOK OUT FOR?
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