The Basic Benefits of Using Creatine Supplements

Creatine is without a doubt one of the most popular bodybuilding supplements ever. But a lot of people don’t really understand what it is or what it’s really supposed to do for you. Let’s try to clear some of that up.

What does creatine do?

The easiest way to explain what creatine does is to simply say that creatine increases the amount of energy in your muscles. Not to get too technical or biological, but when your muscles work they use ATP and creatine increases the amount of ATP available to your muscles.

Creatine is found naturally in your body, and you can also get small amounts of it by eating meat (muscles of other animals). The problem is that if you work out hard, you will probably burn up the amount of creatine in your muscles sooner than you’d like. That’s where using creatine supplements can help because they increase the available amount of ATP.

Benefits of using creatine

Here is a short list of some of the reported benefits of using creatine:

  • Increased strength during workouts
  • Increased energy during workouts (ATP) and delay muscle fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Enhance muscle size

Other creatine information

Creatine is also unique in that it is one of the most researched bodybuilding supplements on the market. It seems that every couple of months there is a new study that comes out talking about the benefits of creatine supplements and also some of the myths surrounding them.

Most of the studies that I’ve seen support the idea that using creatine supplements can benefit most people. But as with any bodybuilding supplement, different people will see different results from using creatine.

It seems that most people will see the largest weight and muscle gains when they first start using it as apposed to someone that has been using it for a longer period of time. This has give rise to the idea of cycling your creatine use so that you body doesn’t become totally dependent on it.

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