Hey Joe, in your video you mention creatine as a pre and I was just wondering if it really matters when you take it. From my understanding of the creatine phosphagen system, I thought it doesn’t actually matter if you take it pre-workout or just anytime during the day. Maybe it’s optimal to take pre training?
In a study that was posted on T-Nation from TC Luoma the group that took creatine post workout saw higher muscle growth and strength gains compared to the pre-workout group. The study wasn’t conclusive as to why that happened and obv you can’t really know smth for sure based on only one study. However creatine is smth that doesn’t seem to be influenced much in terms of timing. Some people recommend a way of loading for 5 to 7 days taking 20 grams creatine separated into 4 doses, and then just taking 3 to 5 grams to maintain that level, beyond 5 grams is pointless. And some people skip the loading phase all together and just take 5 grams daily and have seen similar results. As for the type of creatine I think you should stick to plain old and cheap Creatine Monohydrate, none of the other fancier pricier version has shown any significant advantage to justify the price. From the creatine monohydrate take Creapure which is a brand in Germany. I think thats the purest form of creatine monohydrate. Although I am not a coach here, I have done a lot of research on the internet about creatine and that would be my recommendation. Hope it helps 🙏🏻
Regarding this topic, I would like to ask if there should be a “rest” period for Creatine. Some articles I read say that after 10 weeks you should rest for 4 weeks and then take it again. Honestly it doesn’t make sense to me since it helps produce the ATP, but I wanted to know your opinion.
I take mine during workouts as I have seen the best results compared to pre or post.