If you are focused on building more muscle and increasing strength, are you taking creatine to enhance your effort? If not, you should definitely try it. I’ve been taking creatine products for years now, cycling the supplement in and out of my weight training workouts. There is no doubt that the product works for me and has proven itself to be a “must have” supplement for most people interested in weight training and/or athletic performance.
Studies have shown creatine to be effective at increasing lean muscle mass, muscle strength and athletic performance. It’s also been known to help increase muscular endurance, reduce muscle fatigue and hydrate muscles for a larger and more full appearance.
The problem is, what type of creatine should you use? If you shop around, there are so many different types of creatine out there; creatine monohydrate, creatine malate, creatine HCL, Kre-Alkalyn, micronized creatine and many other varieties.
I’ve personally tried several different types of creatine and have had mixed results. Some worked really well and some didn’t seem to do much for me….no strength, no muscle increase, really nothing as far as I could tell.
So, which product should you try? Obviously everyone is different and products work for some and not for others.
One product I recently found that I’ve had good results from is called CreAde from RSP Nutrition. This product is a creatine matrix with five forms of micronized creatine all in one serving. According to the company, the creatine blend ensures maximum absorption and utilization to help increase strength and muscle size. The CreAde transport matrix enables effective creatine transport without the need for simple sugars or carbohydrates. This product also does not need to have “loading phase” like recommendations from most other creatine monohydrate products.
I found that the product did not give me any bloating or stomach cramping like some other creatine products out there. The product does come in flavored varieties, but I purchased the unflavored version because I personally do not recommend using anything with artificial sweeteners. The flavored varieties are sweetened with Acesulfame Potassium and Sucralose.
I really like this product and have seen some good results. I’ve been experimenting taking it both before and after my workouts. Right now, I think I’ll just stick to taking it post-workout and see how it goes. I’ll also cycle it every three to four weeks, then take time off in-between, as I’ve noticed my strength tends to level off after about four weeks of taking creatine.
I also found a great deal on it HERE. If you are weight training you should definitely try this product, I don’t think you will be disappointed. Plus it’s made in the USA!