Are you into bodybuilding? Do you engage in intense workouts? If so, you must be familiar with the supplements necessary to help you through the tiredness and aid in muscle development.
One of the most well known supplements is Creatine Monohydrate. You may already know that Creatine is essential in helping your body produce energy rapidly which is perfect for you to push out those last reps. When muscles run out of creatine, the body’s high intensity system shuts down and the muscles are unable to produce force, so you need to keep your stores topped up with supplementation.
There has been a lot of proof and testimonies of how Creatine has worked wonders, even though results will always vary from one person to another it goes to show one thing – you should at least give it a try!
But when is the best time to take creatine? Should it be prior to working out? Can it be taken after? Will taking it pre or post workout or just at any time make any difference?
Should I Take Creatine as a Pre Workout Supplement?
With regular strength training, you might notice how your workout gains become limited. A brilliant way to help boost your workout capacity is to supplement with Creatine. After Creatine consumption, the body converts it to phosphocreatine and stores it in your muscles. With stored Creatine, the body is able to produce the workout energy source known as ATP during high intensity workout which means that the body has more power made available to to lift more and do more. The argument for pre-workout is that you will immediately have the creatine in your system, ready to use for this boost of strength.
But What About Creatine as a Post Workout Supplement?
After a workout the body becomes deprived of nutrients, and that’s when you feel at your most tired. And this is when muscle glycogen is going to be most susceptible to refilling their stores, so the creatine taken then will have maximum impact as your muscles are desparately soaking up resources. According to one sports nutritionist – taking 75% of one’s daily Creatine immediately after work-out and the remainder before bedtime will maximize the amount of Creatine in the body.
So Which Is It…?
There is a lot of conflicting evidence on the matter, so maybe it really doesn’t matter what time you take it as. So just long as you take it regularly to keep it in your system. One study after another, different preferences, different reasons all comes down to one fact – each person responds differently to supplements and working out. All the conflicting evidences can only mean that Creatine can be taken depending on how your body adapts to it. Everyone has a different body! We believe that everyone should experiment with their supplements when they take them for the first time, so try taking it before and/or after to see if it makes any difference to you. Then you will get the best results no matter what.