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Questions About Creatine


#1

I bought protein today and I got 500g of Creatine Monohydrate for free. I've never thought of using Creatine before, but now when I have a bottle, why not use it.

The problem is that I get a lot of conflicting advice on how much I should take and how often.

Is a loading phase necessary?

Apart from a possible loading phase, how much should I consume per day? I'm 190lbs by the way.

Is it necessary to take more Creatine on training days?

Thanks in advance.


#2

the easiest way (and to avoid confusing the issue) is just to take about a teaspoon with your post workout shake and leave it at that. ..


#3

It's exactly what I'm doing. I feel that the recovery is a little bit better. After reading a lot of articles and threads I concluded nobody says the same thing about creatine. Some says even it only makes your piss expensive...


#4

I have read plenty of articles that have convinced me that loading is not necessary. On workouts days I dump 5 grams in my post workout shake.

Christopher


#5

Dr. Lonman and I just did a Roundtable discussion on this and addressed many of these points.

It's builds off of previous work, so it's a good idea to start here: http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=459369


#6

Why have there been so many questions lately about the use of creatine? There's a search function and a couple articles.