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Is Creatine Essential?


#1

I have read a few times that Creatine is the best post workout supplement to take, I personally just have Whey, is Creatine the no.1 post workout supplement to take or does it depend on the person?


#2

Essential? No. Useful? Yes.


#3

serious question: do you know the definition of “essential”? if so, the answer to your question should be obvious.


#4

There is a ton of science to back up creatine monohydrate and its very very affordable. I would recommend using and see if you like it.

I personally notice absolutely nothing while supplementing with it. I guess I’m a “non-responder”.


#5

People make good use of this site and the net and their hundreds of articles and discussions on creatine.


#6

I laugh every time Brick makes a post. I love that avatar. LMAO.


#7

I used to think I was a non reponder but I bought 2 kg of the stuff so just went with it. 5g every morning and extra 5g PWO for 4 weeks nothing, then it started to kick in. It’s so cheap everyone should at least try it, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE give it 5-6 weeks taking everyday before dismissing it. OP take BOTH whey and creatine and take some sugars with it.

Get plain Creatine Monohydrate.


#8

not essential…but if you dont eat alot of meat it can help you out


#9

not essential…but if you dont eat a lot of meat it can help


#10

no.period.


#11

[quote]elusive wrote:
I laugh every time Brick makes a post. I love that avatar. LMAO.[/quote]

I used to look around a lot about creatine, I believe most “non-responders” respond after higher dosages, usually.


#12

[quote]That One Guy wrote:
elusive wrote:
I laugh every time Brick makes a post. I love that avatar. LMAO.

I used to look around a lot about creatine, I believe most “non-responders” respond after higher dosages, usually.[/quote]

I’ve heard that. I still supplement with creatine though, because its so cheap. I’m currently using 5grams pre and post workout. I’ve done 10grams before and after in the past with no difference. I never seem to hold water weight with it and my progress in the gym is independent of whether or not I’m using it. Times when I just simply run out of creatine and I’m too lazy to pick up some more, I experience absolutely no changes. lol. Like I said though, I’ll keep it around because its so affordable.


#13

[quote]slimthugger wrote:
no.period.[/quote]

It’s basically a steroid!


#14

[quote]MMA101 wrote:
I have read a few times that Creatine is the best post workout supplement to take, I personally just have Whey, is Creatine the no.1 post workout supplement to take or does it depend on the person?[/quote]

I prefer it preworkout.


#15

[quote]GetTheHIT wrote:
slimthugger wrote:
no.period.

It’s basically a steroid![/quote]

yup, you have to be careful with that creatine rage.


#16

I can’t think of a reason outside of knowing you are a non responder to not take it. It is ridiculously cheap and a lot of proven science behind it.

Sure it isn’t essential. The only things that are essential is food and water.


#17

I am not sure how people can put themselves in the non-responder group. I mean, who measures their variables that closely and for long enough to find results? Its effects are not instantaneous, easy to feel, etc.