Creatine, R-ALA, & ALCAR-- maximizing effectiveness?

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    So, I just bought a kilo of PrimaForce Creaform (Creatine Monohydrate), and some R-ALA and ALCAR tabs. I've also got some caffeine pills lying around too. Right now, my goal is to bulk up.

    Coincidentally, it seems when I worked on "bulking up" while taking creatine last year, I ended up losing bodyfat and gaining weight. So my bulking efforts apparently made me lean up as well-- rather than getting bloated from the creatine, I seemed to shed a lot of water weight, and I still had some pretty significant gains in strength ... :dunno:


    Anyways, so now I have purchased a bunch of creatine, R-ALA, and ALCAR and caffeine. My questions is-- when do I take these various supplements to maximize their effectiveness? Here's my idea so far:

    Morning
    Protein shake w/ oats and banana
    Multivitamin, caffiene pill, ALCAR (before morning classes to help w/ concentration and focus)

    Pre-workout
    5g Creatine
    1 ALCAR tab
    1 R-ALA tab
    Protein and carb shake 1:1


    Post-Workout
    5g Creatine
    1 ALCAR tab
    1 R-ALA tab
    -3:1 carb-protein shake or meal (50g protein, 150g carbs approx)


    Is there any benefit to taking the ALCAR, R-ALA, etc. at any other time in the day?
     
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    what about the supposed "synergistic" relationship with taking R-ALA & ALCAR? Apparently supposed to have a thermogenic effect. Maybe a good thing to take in the morning?
     
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