Supplement Preview: Creatine Monohydrate

 

One of my favorite workout supplements of all time is creatine monohydrate.  Through the years I’ve experimented with all different types of creatine products.  Some with several different types of creatine blended, others with just plain ol’ monohydrate and nothing else added.  Although it seems just supplementing with creatine in-general works pretty well, some products/brands seem to work better for me than others.

My latest experiment has been with a product called Naked Creatine.  I haven’t used creatine for at least 6 months or more now, so I thought it would be a good addition to complement my latest weight training program.

I have been pleasantly surprised at the results I’ve had with this product.  First off, what I love the most is this product is simply raw creatine monohydrate powder, with no added fillers, dyes, or sweeteners….nothing but clean pure creatine monohydrate powder.  What I also noticed was that this product mixed up perfectly just shaking it in a water bottle.  No clumps, or grit to choke down, just a nice even mixture. It also didn’t give me any bloating or discomfort like so many other types of creatine have in the past.

Best of all, my strength continues to climb using this product!  That is no exaggeration either.  I’ve documented strength increases on every single workout since starting with this product  with all of the major compound movements, such as the squat, deadlift, bench press and shoulder press.  This product definitely works!

During my testing so far, I have been taking one serving before and one serving after my workouts.  Since this creatine powder doesn’t have any flavor, I’ve been mixing it with one of my other favorite products called Natural Reload from MRM.   The combination of the two tastes pretty good and doesn’t upset my stomach at all.

Overall, I’m very impressed with Naked Creatine.  Better strength, performance, and energy with no ill side effects at all that I’ve experienced for over a month and a half now.  Pick this product up below on Amazon for a great price.  You simply can’t go wrong for the amount of servings to cost ratio.  Excellent value!

Are You Using Creatine To Build Muscle?

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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!

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