What's the point of taking creatine?

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  1. TQ

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    I'm really curious. I hear you get big gains, and your muscles look and feel bigger... but what's the point? After you get off creatine, aren't all of those gains thrown away? What's the ingredient in the NO2 stuff that supposedly traps those gains so you can't lose them? Does it actually work? I'm genuinely curious because I don't know much about creatine and I'm not 100% sure that I know how it works exactly..

    P.S. I know it's not bad for your kidneys or any thing like that, I just assume that theoretically, once you get off it, a majority of your gains will be gone. So again, what's the point? :sadwavey:
     
  2. Ilyusha

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    Stay on it and watch the extra appendages grow!
     
  3. TQ

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    i'd rather hear it from multiple sources at one website instead of having to look at several different websites.
     
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    people who lose their gains on creatine after they stop taking it, shouldn't be on creatine in the first place. it reflects on their poor nutrition and commitment
     
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    poor nutrition, like what? high protein, high carb, lower fat, and taking multivitamins, plus tons of water obviously, anything else?
     
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    Like not enough calories
     
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    in theory, creatine does not make one stronger.
     
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    You lose weight after you get off of creatine and your muscles may "deflate" because your body holds a lot of extra water with creatine. You don't lose your lean muscle gains, just the water your body is storing in them. You get weaker, but that's because the purpose of creatine is to put more ATP into your muscles so that you can kick out a few extra reps.
     
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    That's what I thought, so what's the point then? Do you really gain that much lean mass just from creatine?
     
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    you gain more h2o when ur muscle hypertrophies regardless of creatine use. and creatine is a phosphate donor allowing for faster recovery of your available ATP pool. creatine != ATP
     
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    so in a way, it just gives you energy (ATP) to burn, when in reality, you have none left. am i understanding this right?

    and so once you are off of it, do you still have the same atp levels? they would decrease, right? so wouldn't it be a temporary gain? you'd have to be on creatine for a long time before you could get off of it and notice results after you "deflated"

    again, am i understanding this correctly?
     
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    help, im curious!
     
  13. Up All Night

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    Well according to a PT in my gym it added over 100lbs to his squat the first week :rofl:
     
  14. Nick

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    When you start taking creatine you'll see an immediate gain in muscle size due to the cells containing more water. You don't have more muscle on a cellular level, but you look bigger. While you are on creatine you will recover ATP faster during a workout, enabling you to perform more reps. More reps = more fatigue = more muscle growth. If you stop taking creatine you will lose some water weight but you will keep the actual muscle you built, assuming your diet and exercise are good.
     
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    creatine may not even work for you; it doesn't work for me and a large number of others.. probably because we already produce all the creatine we need naturally;

    that said, people take creatine not for the "rush" of strength it brings, but rather the increased capacity to lift. the same reason people take caffine before working out - they're not fucking concerned with "loosing" the strenght they had when they were on the caffine, they just want that extra edge to push their muscles harder, which translates into more mass, strength, etc in the long run.
     
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    creatine is dumb
     
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    Basically, creatine decreases recovery time which lets you more often or hae muscles that are better recouperated when you do lift again.
     
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  20. TQ

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    similar to L-glutamine?

    by the way, this thread rules.
     
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    read the archives?

    Creatine is simply a performance enhancer. Think of it as food that goes strait to your muscles. More performance = able to work harder = able to make more gains.
     
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