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    How much does creatine really help?

    I googled and searched this, but only found 2 inconclusive threads and I wanted some more opinions. Some people say creatine monohydrate only helps maybe 5% which to me is nearly nothing, but others say it is helpful and very much worth taking,

    I KNOW it is no magical steroid, but how much has it helped you make gains or increase strength when you started taking it? My experience was when I was taking a protein powder with creatine in it I could push harder and my strength was very much dependent on how hydrated I was, however I was making good bench gains every week until I ran out of powder and coincidentally? hit a bench plateau.

    So is creatine really worth the money if you are pretty hard up? Or does it help so little that only elite lifters benefit from the little edge?
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    Originally Posted by Sbaker3 View Post
    I googled and searched this, but only found 2 inconclusive threads and I wanted some more opinions. Some people say creatine monohydrate only helps maybe 5% which to me is nearly nothing, but others say it is helpful and very much worth taking,

    I KNOW it is no magical steroid, but how much has it helped you make gains or increase strength when you started taking it? My experience was when I was taking a protein powder with creatine in it I could push harder and my strength was very much dependent on how hydrated I was, however I was making good bench gains every week until I ran out of powder and coincidentally? hit a bench plateau.

    So is creatine really worth the money if you are pretty hard up? Or does it help so little that only elite lifters benefit from the little edge?
    creatine is a legitimately good supplement and does help put on mass, but only if your diet is in check.

    no point using creatine if your not eating over your maintanence intake.
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    Originally Posted by flavonoid View Post
    creatine is a legitimately good supplement and does help put on mass, but only if your diet is in check.

    no point using creatine if your not eating over your maintanence intake.
    I eat quite a bit, not some crazy 5000 calorie thing, but I eat a good deal, and always take in at least 140g protein a day, I never really counted but I will for a while to see. I just feel like now is a optimal time to take it due to being off from school and thus able to drink a gallon a day without having to piss every class, and because I can eat snacks all day.
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    Originally Posted by Sbaker3 View Post
    I eat quite a bit, not some crazy 5000 calorie thing, but I eat quite a bit, I never really counted but I will for a while to see. I just feel like now is a optimal time to take it due to being off from school and thus able to drink a gallon a day without having to piss every class, and because I can eat snacks all day.
    i suggest you look up your maintanence intake, count your calories and make sure you are eating over your maintanence.

    this is far more important than taking creatine, creatine will not give you a huge edge, do not expect that, it will give you a slight edge.

    but a slight edge is better than none at all. just make sure your diet is in order.
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    creatine is cheap, can't hurt to take it.
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    Originally Posted by flavonoid View Post
    i suggest you look up your maintanence intake, count your calories and make sure you are eating over your maintanence.

    this is far more important than taking creatine, creatine will not give you a huge edge, do not expect that, it will give you a slight edge.

    but a slight edge is better than none at all. just make sure your diet is in order.
    It is difficult to count calories due to not being allowed to cook my own food, but Ill try to get a rough estimate I am sure I am eating well over 2000 calories a day, but beyond that I am not sure, I will figure it out when I can.
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    creatine increases the formation of adenosine triphosphate (ATP).
    ATP transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism.

    In other words, it makes you push out 1 or 2 extra rep.
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    can someone explain does creatine make you bigger. I have a friend who takes it and his arms are really huge after taking creatine even though its water but he still looks big.
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    i was wondering the same thing.
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    Originally Posted by Withcy View Post
    can someone explain does creatine make you bigger. I have a friend who takes it and his arms are really huge after taking creatine even though its water but he still looks big.
    becuase of the increased water in the muscle, the muscles will get bigger so it can hold the increased water. because of this, the muscles will be tighter on his skin, hence why he looks bigger now
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