Tag - creatine monohydrate

creatine loading

Is creatine loading necessary?

There is research demonstrating that consuming 20-30 grams of creatine per day for up to a week increases muscle creatine stores, enhances recovery, and improves performance. Research also shows that small doses of creatine, as low as 2-3 grams per day, can maintain or even increase levels of muscle creatine.

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creatine recovery

Does creatine speed up post exercise recovery?

In the previous article, we learned the evidence paints a mixed, but positive picture on whether creatine decreases muscle damage. The next question is, if creatine has a moderate ability to decrease muscle damage, can it also speed up the post exercise recovery period?

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creatine muscle damage

Does creatine decrease muscle damage?

There are quite a few supplements which claim to reduce muscle damage; creatine is one of them. The implications of this claim is quicker recovery, reduced soreness, and increased performance gains. There has been plenty of research conducted on whether or not creatine supplementation reduces muscle damage.

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muscle damage

What is muscle damage?

We've all felt the results of the first day at the gym: soreness, stiffness, inflammation, and pain. The cause of this discomfort is known as exercise induced muscle damage (EIMD), and although it's uncomfortable, is a necessary part of growth.

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creatine and body fat

Does creatine decrease body fat?

In this series, we've learned creatine definitely increases strength and muscle mass. It accomplishes both by increasing the availability of ATP in muscle tissue, allowing you to workout at a higher intensity. This leads to both strength and size gains. If creatine increases workout intensity and promotes increases in...

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creatine and sprints

Does creatine help with sprints?

The research on creatine and cardio was at best, mixed. While cardio is long and low or moderate intensity, sprints are typically shorter and done at a much higher intensity. What we know about creatine means that it should be a perfect match for this short but high intensity...

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creatine and cardio

Does creatine improve cardio?

For longer exercise bouts, the body uses an aerobic energy pathway; this requires oxygen. This pathway creates a lot more ATP, but requires more time. This pathway is ideal for long endurance activities such as running, swimming, rowing, biking, or less intensive sports. The question is whether creatine plays...

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creatine

What is Creatine?

Creatine Creatine is one of the most popular supplements available on the market with sales estimated at $400 million annually1. This popularity comes for a good reason; creatine is one of the few supplements that consistently demonstrates its effectiveness in a high number of research articles. This series will go...

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