Is Creatine Good for Building Muscle?

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Posted on Tuesday 28 June 2011

You've probably heard about Creatine and the many muscle building claims it makes. But what's the truth about this substance? What are the rumours and what are the facts? More importantly - will Creatine help you to build muscle?

The first thing to understand is that Creatine is found naturally in your body. Scientifically speaking: Creatine increases the amount of Creatine Phosphate in your muscles. This is then used to replenish Adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is used to give your muscles that much needed burst of energy when working out.

In simple terms: Creatine provides your muscles with quick bursts of energy. By increasing your body's natural supply of Creatine you're essentially giving your muscles more energy for your workouts. Essentially: Creatine is a fuel.

Creatine is indirect

The important thing to understand is that creatine alone will not make your muscles bigger. It's a bit like filling your car up with petrol but having no engine. For the car to be effective - it needs a good engine and a good source of energy.

Your muscles work in the same way. Energy alone will not produce big muscles. You need to train your muscles to get stronger. Creatine will turbo-charge your muscles with more power. 

With Creatine you'll be able to lift more and for longer. The result - your muscles will get bigger.

Turbo boost your muscles

Let's look at this example. You're weight training at the gym. You're on your 12th rep and you can't possibly do another rep. The short term fuel in your muscles (or ATP) has run out. No matter how hard you try - the fuel just isn't there.

Now let's say you've been increasing your Creatine intake. Your muscles are now supercharged with more fuel. You're on exactly the same exercise on the 12th rep. This time you're fuel (ATP) hasn't run out yet. 

Bam! You can do another 2, 3 or even 4+ more reps!

In conclusion

Yes, Creatine is good for building muscle. It provides a great fuel to help you achieve those final few reps. But as with any supplement - it's useless on its own. You need to push your muscles to their absolute limit during workouts.

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mick Tuesday 28th June 2011 at 19:11
your advice is brill keep it up im on them and i just wounded if thay work so thanks

coskun Toktamis Saturday 16th July 2011 at 19:47
it also raises your blood pressure...!! which is dangerous. It has happened to me.

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