Creatine

Mreckless
Mreckless Posts: 214
edited July 2013 in Road buying advice
Just wondering if anyone using uses creatine for cycling and if it gives you any gains? Cheers

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  • Grill
    Grill Posts: 5,610
    No. Absolutely not. Completely pointless.
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  • sungod
    sungod Posts: 16,888
    there're no conclusive studies that prove a general benefit

    what does seem generally accepted is that it increases fluid retention in the muscles, hence it's reputation in some circles as a fast easy way to bulk up, but it's simply inflating the body with extra water rather than building muscle, probably not what you want as a cyclist!
    my bike - faster than god's and twice as shiny
  • imposter2.0
    imposter2.0 Posts: 12,028
    Mreckless wrote:
    Just wondering if anyone using uses creatine for cycling and if it gives you any gains? Cheers

    Realistically, about the only gain it will give you is weight gain...
  • seanoconn
    seanoconn Posts: 11,520
    Should someone pitch a baseball at you in your hitting zone whilst out on a ride, you're chances of hitting a homer improve using creatine.

    (I have no evidence to support this theory)
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  • TheSmithers
    TheSmithers Posts: 291
    I used creatine when I did weight lifting years ago. As someone has already pointed out, it increases water retention in the muscles which increase their strength during training. It also allows better absorbtion of protein or something like that. It's naturally found in some foods, most notably red meat.

    Benefit to cycling = 0.

    There are no miracle supplements that will make you ride better. You just gotta ride.
  • cougie
    cougie Posts: 22,512
    This gets asked for marathon running too. 95% of people will say no - but there will always be someone who swears by it.

    I'm in the No camp.
  • team47b
    team47b Posts: 6,425
    Insulin is needed for creatine to enter your muscles, so eating carbohydrates with creatine may increase the amount of creatine available to muscles, but insulin stores the extra glucose as fat, so more carbs, more insulin, more fat.

    Creatine is produced naturally by increasing muscle mass, so more muscle contractions, more mass, created by more exercise.



    offensive remark alert...

    Men have more creatine than women, so MTFU :D
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  • FransJacques
    FransJacques Posts: 2,148
    Mreckless wrote:
    Just wondering if anyone using uses creatine for cycling and if it gives you any gains? Cheers
    Would those be marginal gains?
    When a cyclist has a disagreement with a car; it's not who's right, it's who's left.
  • crankycrank
    crankycrank Posts: 1,830
    Ya, Creatine es goot.


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