Train Harder and Longer with Creatine
June 22, 2016
Creatine is often an unspoken word for women. One of the biggest misconceptions that causes women to avoid creatine supplements like BPI Sports’ Best Creatine™ is the idea that it’s going to make them big, bulky and bloated. The great news is that creatine is one of the most researched sports supplements on the market today. In fact, there are hundreds of studies that back creatine’s efficacy.
Creatine is made up of three amino acids: glycine, arginine and methionine. Even though it’s made up of amino acids, creatine isn’t considered a protein because it’s metabolized differently in the body. When you take a creatine supplement like Best Creatine™, it helps your body regenerate a molecule called adenosine triphosphate—or more commonly known as ATP.
ATP happens to be the main source of our body’s energy. And when creatine is depleted, the ATP production rapidly declines and energy is dramatically decreased. So when you’re supplementing with formulas such as Best Creatine™, you provide your body with the necessary tools to power ATP, which in turn gives you the extra strength to power through at the gym.
Myth 1: Creatine needs to be taken with sugar.
When creatine was first being studied, scientists thought that in order to fully absorb the supplement, creatine needed to be combined with at least 75g of dextrose in order to fuel the insulin response that would shuttle the nutrients for use. Well, thankfully for us (and our bikini bodies) scientists found that creatine can be absorbed just as successfully without any high glycemic sugar. Sometimes other ingredients such as Himalayan pink salt, like in BPI Sports’ Best Creatine™, are added to optimize creatine uptake.
Myth 2: Creatine needs to be loaded.
When it was first researched, it was said that creatine needed to loaded (roughly 25 grams daily) for up to a week in order to saturate your muscles. Although this can kickstart the beginning of your creatine adventures, there are studies that show that taking 4-5 grams daily from the get go will set you up for success in just the same amount of time.
Myth 3: Creatine has a lot of side effects.
Contrary to most beliefs, creatine is actually completely safe and there is substantial research to prove it. There are a lot of claims that creatine is hard on your kidneys, but remember, creatine is metabolized differently than protein, so there’s virtually no risk to your kidneys at all.
So, why should women take supplements like Best Creatine™?
Not only does creatine help build muscles so you can achieve that sexy, toned look every woman desires, but it also helps you go longer and heavier at the gym. This allows you to burn more calories during and after your workout. The more muscle you have, the more calories you burn.
Creatine is proven to increase the recovery rate of muscle cells, giving you less rest time between exercises, which can keep your heart rate up. Adding BPI Sports Best Creatine™ to your post workout shake can even help with muscle soreness.
My recommendation is to experiment with different methods! Everybody’s bodies are different, which is why BPI Best Creatine™ is stacked with six different types of creatine, including creatine Magnapower™, in order to give your body every opportunity to best utilize the supplement. A good starting place is half of a scoop of Best Creatine™ before your workout and half of a scoop after.
As you can see, creatine isn’t something that you should fear. Instead, enjoy it pre- and post-workout in order to maximize your efforts in the gym! For more information about creatine and its benefits, read BPI Sports’ Creatine 101 blog.