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    Women who take creatine--dose and effectiveness?

    Hi, ladies. I'm not a bodybuilder, just a 400/800 runner, but I do a lot of lifting, as well as at least two track workouts a week. I've read some conflicting advice about creatine. My male friends swear by it, but females I know have said it doesn't necessarily help them. I'm also wary of water retention because any extra weight slows me down. The reason I would use it would be basically to help with recovery, and also I'm not eating tons of carbs right now (cutting) and heard it might help.

    What have your experiences been with it if you use it?
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    I personally have nothing good or bad to say about creatine. I never saw a change in taking. At the same time, I never retained water either. As a result I simply stopped taking it.

    I recommend trying it out, and see if it helps any with your running. Let us know, I'd be interested to know.
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    Creatine is just a substrate for the production of ATP and is utilized during short bursts of intense movement, as in lifting weights. It doesn't help with recovery. I would think if you were a shorter distance sprinter it may be helpful but I don't think it will be really useful at the 400/800 distance
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    Originally Posted by megdaig View Post
    Creatine is just a substrate for the production of ATP and is utilized during short bursts of intense movement, as in lifting weights. It doesn't help with recovery. I would think if you were a shorter distance sprinter it may be helpful but I don't think it will be really useful at the 400/800 distance
    No, I know that! It's just that a number of my workouts are short sprints done with plenty of repeats and recovering more in between reps (which is what I meant by recovery) would help a lot. And obviously it could, in theory, help in the weight room as well? I may still be wrong.

    Thanks for the responses. I was mostly just curious to hear from someone who's felt a difference using it before I decide to get some... student budget etc.
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    I have been using creatine since the beginning of February and have definitely noticed a difference since I started taking it.
    I use allmax brand creatine in a 5g daily dose.
    A couple of months ago I picked up a 1000g tub for $30 on sale (usually regular price is around $45 where I live)
    The 1000g tub is great on a budget because you get 200 doses out of one tub which equals 200 days before you need a new tub.
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