Should Women Take Creatine?
I had avoided taking creatine for years, thinking that it would only make me big, bloated and bulky. Boy was I wrong!
A key change I made towards getting the body I now have was choosing to supplement with creatine. My results were phenomenal, both physically and mentally. I had never experienced such great results from my workouts.
Within 3 weeks, I was 100% sold on creatine supplementation and it will always be part of my training routine. Creatine is a proven, safe and very powerful sports supplement that should be used by anyone wanting a buff body!
A Simplified Q & A About Creatine
In a nutshell, it helps your muscles get the nutrients they need to perform, recover and grow.
Why Is This Important To Women?
My basic philosophy for getting buff is that "Muscle BURNS FAT!" If you ever want to be buff you need to strengthen the muscles on your body so that you are a fat burning machine! Creatine will help you get lean!
It will make you feel stronger by increasing the blood flow to your muscles causing greater, more effective contractions during your weight lifting. Creatine will also help you recover from your lifting, and help your muscles have a continuous supply of the nutrients they need to become lean and dense!
How Much Should I Take?
I recommend taking two 3-5g doses daily in a punch form. There is no need to "LOAD" this substance as once recommended. The easiest and most effective time of day to take it is after your workout, the next easiest time to take is first thing in the morning or prior to your workout. You will feel the effects within a week.
What About The Bloating?
The biggest side effect women have to overcome when taking creatine is bloating. The bloating is an overall body bloat. It's not like your typical "monthly bloat." You will carry the water weight in your muscles, so the more muscle you have the more you will notice the water weight.
When I am on creatine I carry about 3-5 pounds of extra water weight. The good news is that once you stop taking it, you lose the water weight within a couple weeks.
How Long Should I Take It?
If you want the best results you must follow a good weight training program and diet along with taking creatine. I would recommend taking it for a period of 2-6 weeks and then going off for another 2-6 weeks to check your progress. Then start taking it again for periods of 2-12 weeks at a time, all depending on your goals.
It works if you work it.
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I started taking creatine, by my third day i was nauseous, had terrible cramping and THE worst *ahem bathroom issues of my life. Is this normal? I'm so disappointed, was really looking forward to positive results from creatine. Will I still be able to acheive the body I want w out it ie: bikini fitness model type of physique? Any advide would be very much appreciated!
I bought my first one today and I'm a bit nervous to be honest. I do want lean muscle and lose some fat but I don't want to bulk too too much. I'm going to try it and see how it goes :S wish me luck! :)
I have been on Creatine for about 2-3 weeks and I makes a big difference in your workout. But remember to drink your water like you are suppose to...I put my creatine in my protein shake so my stomache is not over full.
Use your Creatine as a prework out and a post workout.
I lift weights 5 days a week and do hiit once or twice a week with running. What kind of creatine do you suggest? I would like to take the liquid form, but whatever is better I'll try. My goal is to get stronger and of course lose fat.